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Dr. Steven Berkshire

Dr. Steven Berkshire
Program Director

The Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) program provides a theory to application approach to the study of topics and research that are critical to executives and professionals who are leading healthcare organizations or involved in health policy in the 21st Century.

As an application-based research doctoral degree, this program builds on and expands the person's knowledge, abilities, and skills of healthcare through critically evaluating and analyzing current and conceptual practices, strategies, and public policy initiatives that add to the scholarly base of applied healthcare administration research. The use of online delivery for the courses, combined with periodic face-to-face intensive weekend seminars provides an effective yet flexible way to complete a doctoral program.

The Doctor of Health Administration is taught primarily by full-time faculty at Central Michigan University. However, there are teaching opportunities within the College of Health Professions in the area of health sciences. You can view current openings at the following website: http://www.cel.cmich.edu/faculty/recruitment/job-posting-details.html In addition, the program is always looking for qualified individuals to serve on dissertation committees. The requirements are as follows:

  • Earned doctoral degree in a relevant area related to healthcare (MD, DO, JD may be appropriate in some cases)
  • Experience with conducting either quantitative or qualitative research
  • Specific expertise relevant to healthcare

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Steven D. Berkshire, DHA Program Director, at the phone/email listed below.

Program Director Contact Information:

Dr. Steven D. Berkshire 
Campus Office: Health Professions Bldg. 1218
Phone: (989) 774-1640
E-mail: berks1sd@cmich.edu 

Additional Information on this Program

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a full range of graduate programs to prepare individuals for effective performance in roles as educational leaders in schools, communities, and institutions of higher education. Students develop on a continuum from scholar-practitioner to practitioner-scholar. Programs, scholarship and service, infused with humanism and diversity, are based upon theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Below are links to the Educational Leadership programs that are currently offered in a distance education format:

The MA in Counseling Program provides a dynamic and exciting approach to a career in the helping professions. In addition to a hands-on approach to learning which stresses personal growth and development of our students, we believe that communication and cooperation between students are essential parts of the learning process, and are strongly encouraged. Professional standards of conduct and sensitivity to multicultural and special needs issues are promoted.

Through this approach, our students will develop their own approach to counseling based on the integration of their own life experience and the theories and concepts presented. The Counseling Program believes that an effective helper is a combination of a growing self and a person with special skills developed through exposure to counseling theory, techniques and personal experiences with self examination. We are very pleased to have you teaching for us and hope you will share our mission and enjoy working with our students.

"Completing my MA in Counseling through the CMU Global Campus cohort has opened the doors for me to become both licensed as a professional counselor and endorsed as a school counselor. I'm thrilled to be working both as a middle school counselor and as a part time therapist in private practice in the evenings. My degree gave me a point of entry from which I have been able to direct my own post graduate learning to develop my own areas of special interest. Everyday, my new career path is both a source of excitement and fulfillment to me."

 

Amy Marsh, MA, LLPC
OJ DeJonge Middle School
Interim Associates Counseling

Admission Requirements and Core Offerings

The Master of Arts degree in Education is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program that is designed to broaden and deepen the knowledge and skills needed for individuals to function in various positions of educational leadership in a variety of venues. An important aspect of this program is preparing adult learners to apply their knowledge and skills in practical ways to effect positive change in their work situations. The program's common core of courses is augmented by five concentrations, which allows students to pursue the program that is best suited to their needs and interests.

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a full range of graduate programs to prepare individuals for effective performance in roles as educational leaders in schools, communities, and institutions of higher education. Students develop on a continuum from scholar-practitioner to practitioner-scholar. Programs, scholarship and service, infused with humanism and diversity, are based upon theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Below are links to the Educational Leadership programs that are currently offered in a distance education format:

Dr. Roschelle Heuberger
Dr. Roschelle Heuberger
Program Director

The Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Central Michigan University – Online is designed to meet the needs of new and experienced professionals. The objectives are to enhance the graduate's knowledge base and experiences in the continually advancing field of nutrition and clinical dietetics and to provide graduates with the quantitative and methodological knowledge necessary to better interpret the scientific literature, apply discoveries to their own professional outcomes and engage in evidenced based practice or nutrition research.

Faculty

Faculty for the Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics are recruited by the program director. Candidates go through an intensive vetting process with recommendations presented to the department for approval. If you have an interest in becoming a faculty member for this program, have a doctoral degree and are a Registered Dietitian, please contact Dr. Roschelle Heuberger through the contacts listed below.

Program Director Contact Information:

Dr. Roschelle Heuberger
Campus Office: Wightman Hall 106A
Phone: (989) 774-3571 
E-mail: heube1ra@cmich.edu

Assistant Coordinator - Graduate Programs for Human Environmental Studies:

Candace Maylee
Campus Office: Wightman Hall 207
Phone: (989) 774-2613
E-mail: mayle1ce@cmich.edu

Admission Requirements and Core Offerings

Additional Information on this Program

Program Directors

Barbara Senesac, Ph.D.
Barbara Senesac, Ph.D.
Traverse City, MI

Xiaoping Li, Ph.D.
Xiaoping Li, Ph.D.
Dearborn, MI

The Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development offers the Master of Arts degree in Reading and Literacy K-12 to prepare teachers as reading specialists. This program is based on the teacher education standards of the International Reading Association (IRA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Michigan State Board of Education for the Reading Specialist (BR) Endorsement. A major focus of the program is organization and implementation of school literacy programs as well as diagnosis and treatment of difficulties in literacy. Classroom practice, current issues, and focused research in literacy are stressed. Students will also develop technological and viewing skills and will infuse literacy across the curriculum.

The major objectives of the program will enable students to:

  1. Organize and implement school literacy programs
  2. Diagnose and treat difficulties in literacy
  3. Implement appropriate reading and writing instruction
  4. Develop interdisciplinary and integrated units involving literacy
  5. Conduct research about current issues of literacy 6.Develop technological skills related to literacy programs

Program Director Contact Information:

Traverse City
Dr. Barbara Senesac, Ph.D.
Campus Office: EHS 412H
Phone: (989) 774-3657
E-mail: barbara.senesac@cmich.edu

Dearborn
Dr. Xiaoping Li, Ph.D.
Campus Office: EHS 457
Phone: (989) 774-2581
E-mail: li2x@cmich.edu

Admission Requirements and Program of Study

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Dr. Scott J. Smith
Dr. Scott J. Smith
Program Director

The master's degree in sport administration is designed to prepare individuals for an administrative career in a sport-related field. The program curriculum is centered on providing students with an education that can prepare them for addressing the ever-changing conditions and emerging issues within the sports industry and the world. Students from this program go on to succeed in management positions in a variety of sport related venues including:

  • College and university athletic departments
  • Middle and high school athletic programs
  • Sport facilities
  • Sport governing bodies
  • City and county recreation departments
  • Professional sports
  • Major sporting events

The curriculum is taught in a cohort format with face to face classes. Through the courses and a six-credit internship in sport administration students receive both theoretical and practical experience. We are proud that the MA in Sport Administration is the preferred degree for college athletic administration positions and has been developed to meet the National Association for Sport and Physical Education – North American Society for Sport Management standards for program approval.

For additional information regarding this program please contact Dr. Scott J. Smith, Program Director.

Program Director Contact Information:

Dr. Scott J. Smith, CAA
Campus Office: Health Professions 2238
Phone: (989) 774-2859
E-mail: smith5sj@cmich.edu

Admission Requirements and Program of Study

Where is this program offered?

MPA graduates are leaders. They lead their communities and organizations on the basis of advanced skills with a dedication to democratic values and public service. In today's global society, such leadership takes many forms and occurs in a variety of settings. The mission of the graduate program in public administration is to develop both the general knowledge and specific abilities needed for leadership in a fast changing world. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to act ethically and effectively in public management, state and local government; and to transcend traditional boundaries in the pursuit of prosperous, safe, and healthy communities. Because careers in public administration are varied and include the public and nonprofit sectors the curriculum is designed to develop advanced executive abilities through a combination of core competencies and specialized areas of concentration.

Program Director Contact Information:

Dr. Thomas Greitens
Campus Office: Anspach 301A
Phone: 989-774-3862
E-mail: greit1t@cmich.edu 

Program of Study

The Master of Science in Administration (MSA) degree is an interdisciplinary graduate program with an applied focus. Its central purpose is to prepare managers, administrators, and supervisors in both private and public sector environments to function effectively within all types of organizations and at all levels of administration. The MSA degree's main thrust is action-oriented, forward-looking management within a broad organizational perspective. This degree is highly sensitive to the constituencies and the demographic and cultural environments it serves. The uniqueness of this degree program is its ability to adapt the necessary academic processes and course work to an organization's rapidly changing informational and technological needs.

Starting in fall 2010, an updated MSA administrative core will be in place. In response to student focus groups and extensive research, the administrative core will focus on key skills needed by effective administrators. Required course work covers research methods, organizational behavior and theory, managerial accounting and finance, strategic planning, and global administration. Students finish the program with an integrative applied capstone project. The MSA Program is also available on CMU's main campus. There are currently 170+ students in the main campus program.

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"It's challenging teaching online. There are times when I miss being able to scan the room to see who's getting it. My courses are asynchronous so you have some people who take it slowly and others who race ahead. The challenge is to keep your responses consistent and keep them relevant to all the students when they come together for questions."

 

Thomas McGinnis, M.S. Teaches online MSA in Information Resource Management

Chase-Patricia
Patricia Chase
Program Director

 
Kim Gribben
Assistant Director

Denise Schafer
Coordinator
Academic Advisor
Internship Coordinator

Davis-Jackie-MSA
Jackie Davis
Coordinator
Marketing/Recruiting

Julie Maurer
Julie Maurer
Secretary

Program Director and MSA Contact Information:

Patricia Chase
Campus Office: Rowe Hall 222
Phone: (989) 774-6525
Fax: (989) 774-2575
E-mail: chase1pb@cmich.edu

Assistant Director:

Kim Gribben
Campus Office: Rowe Hall 222
Phone: (989) 774-2367
Fax: (989) 774-2575
E-mail: gribb1kd@cmich.edu

Coordinator / Academic Advisor / Internship:

Denise Schafer
Campus Office: Rowe Hall 222
Phone: (989) 774-4373
Fax: (989) 774-2575
E-mail: schaf1dr@cmich.edu

Secretary:

Carol Kross
Campus Office: Rowe Hall 222
Phone: (989) 774-6525
Fax: (989) 774-2575
E-mail: kross1cm@cmich.edu

Learning Outcomes and Assessment

Al Zainea
Al Zainea
Program Director

The central purpose of the undergraduate programs is to prepare students in liberal education which serves as preparation for a thoughtful life and service to an organization and to the community. CMU undergraduate programs educate persons about basic forces, ideas, and values which shape the world, and about the structure of organized human knowledge. As a student, courses will include theories and applications in problem solving, reasoning, writing, speaking, and critical thinking.

The academic environment is continuously monitored and assessed to ensure the high quality of the product provided to the student. A student may choose one of thirteen concentrations offered in a variety of formats and locations. Each degree consists o​f general education requirements, a major, and a concentration. Minor options can be added to some degrees.

All undergraduate degree programs require the student to complete a number of semester hours of general education requirements. General education courses build a strong conceptual foundation in the humanity, natural science, and social science fields. General education begins the journey of lifelong learning. Before you begin to build your course, read your course's description to find out if it is part of the general education block as either a Competency Requirement course or as a University Program course. These courses will have specific requ​irements for student learning that you will need to build in to your course.

"It's a challenge teaching adult students because they have a lot going on in their lives. They have jobs, kids, parents – they're sandwich people. But it's very rewarding too when you see the satisfaction they get from it. I had one woman who came back to school to motivate her granddaughter to go to college. It's gratifying to help multiple generations."

 

Howard Witt, M.S.
Teaches undergraduate math and statistics in the Metro Detroit area

Program Director Contact Information:

Albert A. Zainea 
Campus Office: 802 Industrial Drive, Mt. Pleasant MI  
Phone: (989) 774-3616
E-mail: zaine1aa@cmich.edu

Admission Requirements and Program of Study

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