Audrey Rogers was interested in Rivier College’s Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Learning program because of the reputation of the College’s Division of Education and the doctoral program’s focus and vision. “The transformational role of education professionals permeates every course,” she says. Rogers entered the program at its inception in 2008 and she expects to receive a doctorate from Rivier in May.
Her dissertation, which she plans to defend in the spring semester, examines the role of social media in the learning process. Rogers, a college professor, is exploring how college students use this form of communication in their education. “I am really interested in the educational application of these sites,” she says. “In my observations of students in the classroom, I am particularly drawn to how students develop the qualities that make them effective teachers.”
Rogers was a longtime adjunct education professor at Rivier and is currently a full-time faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University. “I like how focused the students are,” she says. “They inspire me with their determination to be the best educators possible.” Prior to teaching at the post-secondary level, she was an educational consultant and, for over a decade, taught social studies at Nashua Senior High School.