Sherrill Rutherford

"The SFU librarians and Research Commons provided me with invaluable help and support, as well as Thesis Boot Camp, which was phenomenal."

Year Graduated: 2014
Program/Degree: Transformational Change EdD

I am a highly motivated post-secondary educator with a strong work ethic, a drive to foster learning and promote wellbeing, and a profound belief in empowerment through education.

What attracted you to come to SFU?

SFU offered a Doctor of Education program that best met my needs as a learner located on Vancouver Island.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and in what way?

I could not have completed my EdD without my two supervisors; they weren’t just doing what was necessary to get the job done; they went well beyond the call. Dr. Milt McClaren, a knower of all things pedagogical, was a patient mentor during my research journey and helped me find a subject that is close to my heart. Dr. Suzie O’Neill was an encouraging guide, a compass really, and led me to a methodology that is the best fit for my research.

What do you miss most about your graduate studies in the Faculty of Education?

I miss participating in a small, cohort-based education program that involves interpersonal discussion and camaraderie.

What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school at SFU?

Go for it!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

The SFU librarians and Research Commons provided me with invaluable help and support, as well as Thesis Boot Camp, which was phenomenal.