Year Graduated: 2010
Program/Degree: Educational Leadership EdD
My name is Barry Hogan and I graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program in 2010. This program was instrumental in enhancing my understanding and capacity for leadership within British Columbia’s post-secondary education system, and has positioned me for further career growth. When I started the program in 2006, I was the Associate Dean of Marketing in BCIT’s (British Columbia Institute of Technology) School of Business; in 2009 I moved into the position of Director of Program Development and Review within the Vice President Education Office; and in 2011 I was promoted to Senior Director of Program Development and Review; and in 2013 I was promoted to Dean, Academic Planning and Quality Assurance for BCIT. The EdD program allowed me to pursue my interests in collegial decision-making and faculty engagement, resulting in a very useful and fulfilling dissertation which has benefitted my leadership style and work effectiveness.
What attracted you to come to SFU?
The decision to pursue a doctorate was the toughest decision for me; the decision to enrol in SFU’s EdD program was relatively easy for me. The three most compelling reasons for me choosing SFU’s EdD program were:
- The relevance of an EdD program focused on post-secondary education. It was very beneficial to have a cohort of classmates from the post-secondary system, with diverse institutional and role experience, taught by highly knowledgeable and motivated professors. Everyone could relate to the class discussions and assignments.
- The reputation of Simon Fraser University was very important. It is critical that the credential be highly valued and recognized within the post-secondary sector and community.
- The cohort model was very helpful and supportive. In addition to connecting you with a community of colleagues who can support you, it was nice to make so many friends and connections across the BC post-secondary system. These relationships continue long after our course work was complete.
Who is a faculty member that you enjoyed working with at SFU and why?
I enjoyed and appreciated all the faculty who taught into our cohort, but the one who stands out for me is the late Dr. Geoff Madoc-Jones. Geoff was a seasoned graduate level professor at SFU, who understood the importance of balancing our education with the foundations of classical philosophy and the latest modern trends and topics. Geoff’s sense of humour helped to forge the sense of community in our cohort, and he clearly wanted us all to be successful.
What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school at SFU?
I would recommend they ‘do their homework’ on the various graduate program and school options; graduate school is a significant commitment. It is important to understand the nature of the program (focus, pedagogy, support) and the resources (time and money) it will require to be successful. When they are ready to make the commitment, I recommend the SFU EdD program highly. I would also recommend they research the variety of cohorts offered, and align their timing with the most appropriate cohort.