Letter from the Editor
The Collaboration Issue
As our world becomes more interconnected, the ways in which we collaborate are constantly evolving. From its founding more than 20 years ago, NCU has always been on the forefront of embracing the challenges of how to effectively partner with students and faculty who work and live all around the globe.
Building networks and establishing critical relationships in an online environment provides unique opportunities for the NCU community. In this issue of Higher Degrees, Dr. Melody Rawlings, lead faculty member in NCU’s School of Business talks about how collaboration plays a role in virtually everything we do, as well as the benefits of collaboration in today’s dynamic economy. Additionally, the Founding Deans of our two new Schools – Dr. J. Robert Sapp and Dr. Laurie Shanderson – share their unique philosophies and approaches for the School of Technology and the School of Health Sciences, respectively.
In this issue you’ll meet three alumni who have mastered collaboration to achieve great successes across government, community and business initiatives. Dr. Surinder Sharma, PhD in Business Administration, has literally taken collaboration to new heights in his work with government satellite acquisition programs. Dr. Jennie De Gagne, who earned her PhD in Education from NCU in 2009 and now serves as an associate professor of nursing at Duke University School of Nursing, discusses the community education program she and her partners developed for women suffering from urinary incontinence in her native South Korea. You’ll also learn about how Dr. Jim Cawood, PhD in Psychology, is protecting people and communities through his company devoted to risk assessment and violence prevention.
Finally, you’ll hear from Aurelia Bickler, full-time faculty member for the Marriage and Family Sciences Department in the School of Health Sciences. In a field where interactions and engagement are critical to serving clients and patients, Bickler provides her insights on how NCU students benefit from mentorships and interactions with a diverse group of international faculty and peers.
We hope you enjoy the Collaboration Issue! As always, we are interested in your feedback about this issue of Higher Degrees, as well as suggestions for the next publication. Please send your comments and ideas to: HigherDegrees@ncu.edu.
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