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Dr. Delois Maxwell Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Delois Maxwell

"Study the program goals and expectations to determine if it fits your life or career goals."


Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. – Morgan State University, 1992
  • MS – Iowa State University, 1979
  • BS – Morgan State University, 1977

Career Highlights:

  • Published journal articles in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007
  • Presented research papers in the Netherlands, Chile, South Africa and at The Oxford Round Table conference
  • Leadership Assessment Scorer, Educational Testing Service
  • Research Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
  • Founder, Harambee Consulting Services
  • Certified in independently applying the QM Rubric
  • Renaissance Faculty Scholar, The Renaissance Group
  • Membership Chair, National Association for Multicultural Education
  • Newsletter Editor, AERA International Studies Special Interest Group
  • SPA Program Reviewer: NCATE/CAEP ELCC

What do you want students to learn in this class?

  • To engage in a rigorous and robust line of inquiry resulting in a dissertation that contributes to the field
  • To think and apply critical skills to solving problems that will have a positive impact on the community, nation and world
  • To create a community for learning that will provide opportunity to promote social justice and equality

Why did you start teaching?

To engage the learning process, to give and to learn. I like talking with and learning from others.

What advice would you give to those considering this degree program?

  • Study the program goals and expectations to determine if it fits your life or career goals
  • Ensure you have the support (family, friends, work) needed to pursue a commitment of time
  • Discuss your concerns with others who have completed a similar degree program
  • Be honest with yourself about the strength of your personal writing and analytical skills. If you are not sure, find a means of assessing your skills in these critical areas.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in this field?

  • Knowledge of organizational management
  • Skills and commitment to working with people in a leadership/managerial role
  • Understanding and knowing how to help people work collaboratively to effectively meet shared goals
  • Skills in not only listening to what others say but also what they DO NOT say

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Jeffrey Gitomer's "Little Green Book of Getting Your Way."

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

I like to watch old science fiction and horror pictures when I have the time.

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