Dr Kate McCauley

Course: PhD Education Dr Kate McCauley

Year of Graduation: 2008

What does your current career involve?

I’m an Adjunct Associate Professor with University of Maryland University College (UMUC), currently teaching students who are affiliated with the US military and stationed in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

How did you obtain this role?

I began the post after having children as it fit in well with my new role as a working mother.

What were your motivations for enrolling on a course at the University of Leicester?

I wanted to earn a PhD near my home and place of work. Also, I didn’t want to do a degree programme with lengthy taught elements, but I still wanted guidance and support from a supervisor. Also, my employer had a strong relationship with the University of Leicester.

How did your PhD in Education aid your personal and professional development?

My supervisor was particularly encouraging and gave me a great deal of time and attention. She was an active researcher and enthusiastic about her subject, which really rubbed off on me. Also, when I attended presentations and conferences in the School of Education, I was made aware of how international the department was. Professionally, this made me feel like I was participating on a world stage, rather than the isolation that many PhD candidates experience during their research process.

What ambitions do you have for the future in your career?

I intend to continue to teach with UMUC. Also, I have just co-founded my own business in the field of early years education which I hope to see grow over the next few years.

Do you have any advice for anyone reading this who would like to enter a similar work role to you?

Probably the best advice I was ever given was to follow what you are passionate about when earning a degree. I never intended to be a teacher or study the subject of theatre (I began my BA degree in Politics.) but it soon became apparent that teaching performing arts subjects was what I enjoyed and what I had a talent for. If you are truly passionate about the subject you are studying, then a PhD isn’t a struggle but a real labour of love.

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