nancy hillGrantham University establishes a level playing field in education. How? With experienced faculty members, such as Nancy Hill, who is an expert in her field and is passionate about helping students succeed. And a lot of that success, Nancy says, is found through the level of dedication students apply to earning their degree … along with, of course, building some solid time management skills.

Hill is a faculty member for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. With 28 years of professional experience, she has worked as a research programmer, system programmer, interim webmaster and academic services coordinator.

She’s a big believer that with knowledgeable faculty members, supportive staff and one’s own personal drive, any student’s career goals are attainable.

Grantham University: What brought you to Grantham?
Nancy Hill: I began working for Grantham as an adjunct faculty member back in 2013. I enjoyed the VIP²™ culture and was excited to take the opportunity to join the team full time when the position became available.

GU: What do you like best about being a member of the faculty at Grantham?
NH: I enjoy mentoring the diverse group of students and working with the various support services available at Grantham. I feel a sense of accomplishment when students succeed in their goals.

GU: How do you provide support to your students?
NH: I truly want to be an active participant and at the student’s disposal to give additional instruction or to answer any questions. My support methods include online sessions giving demonstrations with examples and communication through email, phone and text messages. I access the courses daily … and reach out to students to give clarification and visual illustrations of the course content.

GU: How does a degree from Grantham help people accomplish their goals?
NH: The demand for critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the workforce has increased the need for higher education opportunities. These skills help individuals tackle their goals in both their personal and professional lives. The online environment gives a flexible schedule to balance family, work and education. This assists individual development of time management skills.

GU: Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about going back to school?
NH: Review the goals you wish to accomplish. If you are not sure of the course of study, then ease into your studies to determine the best route for your career plan. Discuss your plans with support teams, such as career services. Develop a routine to balance between your family, work and education responsibilities. Sometimes your routine could include chunking the activities into smaller time periods, such as 15-30 minutes at a time, for example.

GU: Do you have a research concentration, or some research highlights you can mention?
NH: During my master’s studies, I did research on gamification. Gamification is the process of using game mechanics and game thinking in non-gaming contexts to engage users and to solve problems. My research looked at the application in the learning environment for various areas of study.

GU: What is your proudest accomplishment?
NH: That’s a hard question. I would say raising my family, and my education. My education was a valuable resource when my husband passed away, allowing me to support my children and [be] a good role model.

GU: What are you most passionate about? What drives you in life?
NH: I’m a lifelong learner. I’m always seeking new knowledge.

GU: What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
NH: In my younger days, I was a long-distance swimming competitor. The longest competition was a three-mile race in a lake.

GU: If someone were to tell your story, what would be the number one thing you’d want the listener to learn about you?
NH: I’m an earthy person. I tell it like it is. I work to help others accomplish their goals and gain the most out of life.

GU: Do you have a tip that could help the type of students taking your classes?
NH: [Again] I would suggest breaking up activities into chunks. This allows you time to think and reflect, so you aren’t just memorizing material. I’ve [also] found doing some studies before the rest of the family gets up in the morning or after they go to bed can grant you additional quiet time to focus.

Good time management skills will assist you. Don’t let stress win. Don’t give up when you are frustrated, and reach out for help from your instructor, the learning center and support services, including your advisor.

Put Your Time Management Skills to Use at Grantham University
With faculty members like Hill leading you through your information technology education, you can graduate as a well-rounded job candidate with the adequate technical skills and time management skills to succeed in your career.

If it’s time for the next chapter in your career, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you to make that happen. Like Nancy Hill says, at Grantham, you don’t have to let stress win. With good time management skills and determination, you can earn your degree! Ready to get started? Contact us today.

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