Cohort Model

A central facet of the doctoral program is the cohort model with a diverse group of students from various concentrations who take all core courses together. The cohort model is a vital source of support for its members and contributes significantly to the development of a community of scholarly practitioners. A new cohort with a maximum of 15 students is created every year at the on-campus ASU location in Boone and every other (odd) calendar year at our two off-campus locations at Forsyth Tech CC and the ASU Center at Hickory (read more about off-campus cohorts).

Cohort members are drawn from all sectors of education. Read below for a brief profile of past members of cohorts. Prospective students are encouraged to contact both the program faculty and our current students.

Cohort Members' Academic Experiences and Interest

Doctoral Program cohort members bring rich histories of teaching, leadership, and organizing often grounded in social justice. Below is a sampling of previous cohort members' roles:



Instructor, Developmental Studies and Academic SuccessAB Tech Community College
Developmental English & Reading InstructorCatawba Valley Community College
Director of AccountabilityHickory Public Schools
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student ConductThe University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Secondary Education Curriculum CoordinatorCleveland County Schools
Assistant PrincipalWatauga County Schools
Director of CounselingMitchell Community College
Director of Programming & OutreachBlue Ridge Women in Agriculture
K-12 Science Curriculum SpecialistCatawba County Schools
Technology & Environmental Design ProfessorAppalachian State University
Biology InstructorMayland Community College
GEAR UP Family and Community FacilitatorYancey County Schools
Public Communications SpecialistUniversity Communications, Appalachian State University