carol pughGrantham University prides itself on hiring versatile, passionate faculty, many of whom are continuing their educations themselves. We spoke with Carol Pugh, a Foundations Faculty member in general education, a military veteran and a self-professed gamer girl — who’s preparing to defend her doctoral dissertation later this year — for her perspective on prioritizing learning no matter your background or busy lifestyle.

Grantham University: Tell us about your own education.

Carol Pugh: I have a Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Management, Master of Education with a specialty in instructional technology, and am currently working toward a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialty in e-learning. I have been fortunate enough to train or teach most of my adult life through military, corporate and academic opportunities.

GU: What brought you to Grantham?

CP: The military- friendly culture. Grantham’s dedication to serving those who serve is a definite plus in my book.

GU: What do you like most about being a Grantham faculty member?

CP: Not a day goes by that I do not learn from someone, laugh with someone, or get challenged by someone. What more could I ask for?

GU: How do you offer support for your students?

CP: I am a big fan of technology in all its forms. I think students benefit from multiple sources of information for their different learning styles, like video, audio, games, quizzes, etc. My philosophy has always been to find a way to help students help themselves.

GU: How does a degree from Grantham help students accomplish their goals?

CP: Many of our students work full time, support a family and have many other obligations. Grantham provides a flexible opportunity to further their education — opening doors to better employment, more promotions at work, and improving their general quality of life.

GU: Do you have a particular research focus? Give us some highlights of your work.

CP: I’m currently researching student motivation. Specifically, I want to understand different online learners’ motivation profiles. My ultimate goal is to see if interventions and best practices could be put in place to encourage students with low or no motivation.

GU: Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about going back to school?

CP: Do it! I am a firm believer that education is the path to advancement in every area of your life. If you have a full schedule already, start with one class at a time. Carve out the time to go to school. You deserve it!

GU: What are you most passionate about? What motivates you in life?

CP: Here comes a cliché: education is my passion. Honestly, I love learning and hope to inspire others to love it too.

GU: What is your biggest accomplishment?

CP: I’m hopeful my biggest accomplishment will be defending my dissertation this year. Fingers crossed.

GU: What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?

CP: I’m an avid girl gamer!

GU: If someone was telling your story, what's one thing you would want the audience to know about you?

CP: I came from a very, very poor background. My service in the military and my continued education were the keys to a better life.

GU: Do you have a tip that could help the type of students taking your classes?

CP: Never, ever, EVER copy and paste anything into your work. Always take notes when you research a topic. Then, use your notes to write content in your own words. And don’t forget to celebrate your successes!

You Belong at Grantham

Are you a lifelong learner? Full-time worker? Techie? Former military? All of the above? We’re guessing that, like Carol, your pursuits are multifaceted — and we believe your education should be too. Grantham University offers online courses, a veteran support team, and grants and scholarships that put excellence within your reach at a pace that works for you.

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