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The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice learning community is pleased and excited to have you participate in the 2023 Summer Institute virtually via Zoom and Canvas. Your active and engaged participation represents the next step in your journey towards personal and professional fulfillment, career advancement, and most of all conferral of your doctoral degree. Throughout the Institute journey, you will participate in authentic, engaging, and pragmatic activities designed to enable you to gain knowledge and insights to grow as a scholar, leader, teacher, and student.  

On your invigorating journey, you will be joined by your pre-eminent faculty, fellow students, doctoral advisors, college and university leaders, and dissertation chairs. You will have the unique opportunity to network, collaborate, and share information with classmates in your classes and fellow students enrolled in other programs in a virtual learning community environment. Always keep in mind that NSU IS YOU! You are a valued and significant member of the Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice. So, get your FINS UP for making the most informed and valuable decision to join your learning community family during the 2023 Summer Institute.

The sections below provide information on what participants can expect from the 2023 Summer Institute in addition to the overall Institute agenda.

Registration for the Summer 2023 semester will open March 27 and will close on May 7, 2023.

First Time Participants (Doctoral Students)

As a first-time participating doctoral student (regardless if you are a first-year student or have not yet met the Institute requirement), this year’s Summer Institute will provide students with opportunities to explore topics related to your chosen area of concentration and to acquire knowledge and skills that will assist you in successfully completing the program. In addition, there will be activities that will encourage dialogue, collegiality, and networking among your fellow students and concentration faculty.

If this is your first year in the program, you are not required to participate in the 2023 Summer Institute. If for some reason you cannot participate this year, we look forward to seeing you at the 2024 Summer Institute. 

If this is your second year or longer in the program and you have yet to meet the program requirement of participating in at least one Institute, you are required to participate in the 2023 Summer Institute to fulfill this graduation requirement. Participation in one Summer Institute is a requirement for graduation.

Returning Students

All students who have previously participated in a Summer Institute but have not yet completed their dissertation or Strategic Research Project can take advantage of this opportunity to move closer to the completion of their program. This year’s Institute will be virtual, there will be a variety of sessions/workshops offered to assist students in making progress on the applied dissertation or Strategic Research Project and to reach your academic goals satisfactorily. In addition, there will be a variety of activities that will encourage dialogue, collegiality, and networking among your fellow students, dissertation chairs, and concentration faculty.

Students will be placed into one of three conference pathways based on where they are in the program.

  • First-Year Experience (FYE) Pathway: The FYE Pathway is for students in their first or second year that have yet to select their capstone experience (i.e., Dissertation or Strategic Research Project [SRP]).
  • Applied Dissertation (AD) Pathway: The AD Pathway is for students that are currently in the dissertation process (i.e., have already registered for one or more dissertation benchmarks).
  • Strategic Research Project (SRP) Pathway: The SRP Pathway is for students that are planning to complete the SRP.

To assist with planning and to be sure you are assigned to the correct pathway we will be sending a survey out to all students via the Summer Institute Canvas course the first week of Summer term classes.

We will begin the institute on Thursday afternoon with a Welcome, Orientation, and Keynote address. On Friday, all students will follow the same schedule. We will have sessions to help you be successful in the doctoral program, including library and technical writing sessions, as well as opportunities to network and socialize with faculty and fellow classmates. On Saturday, all students will attend pathway-specific workshops blending direct instruction with focused support from faculty, dissertation chairs, librarians, and writing consultants to apply the knowledge gained and complete the required artifacts.

The overall goal of this year’s virtual summer institute is to immerse students in a 3-day learning experience with opportunities to engage with other students and faculty and provide students with the information and tools needed to be a successful Ed.D. student. Please see below for a draft of the schedule.

2023 Summer Institute

Daily Schedule At-a-Glance


July 13, 2023


July 14, 2023


July 15, 2023

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Kimberly Durham, Psy.D., Dean

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.

Morning Coffee with Your Concentration

FCE&SCJ Faculty & Students

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.


James Pann, Ph.D.


4:15 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Keynote Address

Richard Goldman, Ph.D.

9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Ed.D. Student Expectations

Gina Peyton, Ed.D. &
David Ross, Ed.D.






9:00 a.m. –11:55 a.m.

Pathway-specific sessions

FCE&SCJ Faculty


5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
SI Orientation

Jennifer Reeves, Ph.D.;
Gina Peyton, Ed.D.; &
Maria Grethel-Mendez, Ed.D.

10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Ethical Behavior in Academia: Plagiarism, Ghostwriting, and Artificial Intelligence

David Ross, Ed.D.; David Weintraub, Ed.D.; & Jennifer Reeves, Ph.D.

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Get to Know Your Concentration Faculty and Fellow Students

FCE&SCJ Faculty & Students

11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

Building Better Writing Habits

Janine Morris, Ph.D., WCC


12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Break


12:45 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

APA 7th edition

Melissa Johnson, M.A., M.L.I.S.


12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Pathway-specific sessions

FCE&SCJ Faculty



1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Library Sessions

NSU Librarians


2:35 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Let’s Move!

Lisa Carbone, Ed.D. &
Marilyn Gordon, Ed.D., RDN, CSSD, LDN

2:20 – 2:35 p.m.

Let’s Move!

Lisa Carbone, Ed.D. &
Marilyn Gordon, Ed.D., RDN, CSSD, LDN



3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Staying Healthy, While Balancing Life

NSU’s Center for Student Counseling and Well-being

2:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Panel Presentation

 The Dr. Charles L. Faires Outstanding Doctoral Research Award Recipients


4:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Virtual Poster Session

The Dr. Charles L. Faires Outstanding Doctoral Research Award Recipients

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Plenary

Ron Chenail, Ph.D., Provost/EVP


5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Escape Room Challenge
Sponsored by the GSGA

4:35 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Summer Institute Assessment

Click here to download the full schedule.


RICHARD GOLDMAN: A pioneer and edupreneur in innovative education

Dr. Richard Goldman, a regional and national leader in education for nearly 60 years, has made an impact at all levels of education, from preschool and K-12 to higher education. Embedded in the many educational innovations, he was a catalyst for the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies.

At the higher education level, while serving as Dean of Graduate Studies at Nova Southeastern University, Goldman led a team that created the nation’s first and largest distance and internet-based graduate program in the 1970s and 80s.

While Goldman continued his innovative, two-decade legacy at Nova Southeastern, he became known as one of the most prolific edupreneuers of our time.

In 1984, he supported the launch and growth of Another Generation Preschools, which went on to serve 1,500 students across seven locations in Florida, making it the 20th-largest preschool operation in the United States.

He then lent his expertise to the private school area of education, helping found The Sagemont School, a premier college preparatory school for preschool through grade 12 in 1996. The school grew to more than 800 students and sent graduates to universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Vanderbilt.


Tapping his experience as an innovator in online education, in 2001, Goldman and his partners developed the nation’s first accredited online high school in partnership with the University of Miami, the University of Miami Online High School.

But, he didn’t stop there.

Recognizing a rapidly increasing need to serve the 40 million American adults who lack a high school education, Goldman’s team designed Smart Horizons Career Online High School (SHCOE) in 2009. Over the years, SHCOE partnered with McDonald’s, Amazon and Papa John’s, supporting more than 15,000 of these corporate employees in earning their accredited high school diploma.

Most recently, Goldman helped found Xceed Preparatory Academy, a network of micro-hybrid schools for 6th through 12th grade students in non-traditional settings, such Class A office buildings and sports academies. Students work in a hybrid, flipped model of education, typically only seen in higher education, which allows accommodations for elite athletes, performers, traveling families, accelerated and gifted students and students with learning differences. With record enrollment year-over-year, Xceed has attracted national attention from the likes of U.S News & World Report, NBC News, Parents Magazine and Good Housekeeping.

Finally, although his work has impacted hundreds of thousands of students, Goldman still seeks out ways to support innovation in education. In 2014, Goldman and his wife, Renée, endowed the Dean’s Chair in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, supporting the salary, professional development, recruitment, expenses and other scholarly activities of the dean of the School of Education. Prior to that, in 2013, the Goldmans made a substantial gift to create the Richard M. and Renée K. Goldman Educational Entrepreneurial Fund, which supports the development of online programming in the area of educational entrepreneurship.

“Giving back to educational causes is important to us,” shared Goldman. “We hope it also encourages others to give to education as well. Looking back over the course of our careers, we feel we’re not just business entrepreneurs, but social entrepreneurs, and this continues that legacy.”

Goldman earned his bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his tenure as Dean at Nova Southeastern University, Goldman served on the faculty of the University of Haifa and Kent State University.

The Daily Schedule by Pathway is posted in the Summer Institute Canvas course.

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