Querying the P(hD)ath to Educational Development in Higher Education

  • Sophia AbbotEmail author
  • Emily O. Gravett
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Part of the University Development and Administration book series (UDAA)


As the field of American educational development in higher education continues to grow and diversify, increasing numbers of graduate and undergraduate students may find themselves involved in the field – by producing scholarship of teaching and learning, partnering with instructors and educational developers in innovative ways, or even practicing educational development themselves. These students may thus discover an interest in the profession of educational development long before completing or even entering a doctoral program; yet, in the United States, most educational developers have doctorates, and most job advertisements require them. In this chapter, we query the implications of such requirements. We review various ways young professionals can and have come into contact with educational development before attaining advanced degrees, and we ask: What is next? Ultimately, we suggest new paths need to be forged for those who realize they want to enter this field before earning a doctoral degree.


Educational development Academic development Degree requirements Doctoral degree Ph.D. Undergraduate students Graduate students Faculty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity UniversitySan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.James Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA

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