Benedictine Ed.D. Student Wins Outstanding Experiential Education Research/Dissertation Award from the National Society for Experiential Education

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The esteemed Outstanding Experiential Education Research/Dissertation Award from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) was recently awarded to a graduate of Benedictine University’s Doctorate of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change program. The award recognizes individuals’ involvement in improving the field of experiential education.

Benedictine University EdD NSEE Award Winner
From the start of his studies with us, Aaron wanted to influence institutional efforts at promoting the success of students.

Benedictine University is proud to announce that Aaron Clevenger, Ed.D., graduate of the online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Organizational Change program, has won the Outstanding Experiential Education Research/Dissertation Award from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE).

Clevenger is Executive Director of Experiential Learning and Undergraduate Research at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and an adjunct professor for the university’s College of Arts and Science and College of Business.

Clevenger was nominated by Dr. Richard Heist, Chief Academic Officer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Heist states, “We at Embry-Riddle are very proud of Dr. Aaron Clevenger’s accomplishments. I refer not only to his leadership of our Quality Enhancement Program, IGNITE, but also to his efforts in earning his doctoral degree; both of which, I might add, he managed to do concurrently, making this an even more impressive accomplishment. The bringing together of his interest in experiential learning and IGNITE with his doctoral dissertation research has resulted in a significant contribution to our body of knowledge and to the IGNITE program at Embry-Riddle University.”

About the Award
The Outstanding Experiential Education Research/Dissertation Award recognizes individuals’ involvement in improving the experiential education field. To receive the award, candidates must, within the past two years, publish research or complete a doctoral dissertation that makes important contributions to the understanding of experiential education. To learn more, visit http://www.nsee.org/awards.

About the Award Winning Dissertation
Clevenger’s dissertation, A Phenomenological Study: Motivation as Experienced by Engineering Design Competitors at a Selective Engineering University, was selected from numerous candidates. His research offers profound insight into how competitors’ life experiences and the structure of engineering competitions can influence motivation.

The purpose of Clevenger’s dissertation is to provide educators with a better understanding of how to use engineering competitions in a way that will motivate their students to learn the design process.

Sunil Chand, Ph.D., director of the Ed.D. program, states, “From the start of his studies with us, Aaron wanted to influence institutional efforts at promoting the success of students. He used his research and internship courses to develop skills and knowledge in the field, upon which foundation he crafted a dissertation that adds a significant dimension to the literature on promoting, demonstrating and measuring learning. His work encourages institutional improvement directly on behalf of student achievement.”

About the Benedictine University Ed.D. Program
The Benedictine University Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Organizational Change program, available both on campus and online, is intended for practicing professionals who wish to accelerate their career paths as administrators of higher education. The program readies students for the rigors and challenges of developing and implementing strategic plans, improving learning, managing resources, leading personnel, implementing policy and orchestrating change within a higher education organization. Visit us at http://online.ben.edu/ to learn more or call us at (866) 295-3104 to speak with an Admissions Representative.

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