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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 2024 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 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 2024 Summer Institute.

The sections below provide information on what students can expect from the 2024 Summer Institute in addition to the overall Institute agenda.

Registration for the Summer 2024 semester will open April 1 and close on May 12, 2024.

First Time Students

As a first-time participating doctoral student, this year’s Summer Institute will provide students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in the doctoral program and successfully complete your capstone. In addition, there will be activities that will encourage dialogue, collegiality, and networking among your fellow students and faculty.

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 2024 Summer Institute to fulfill this graduation requirement. Participation in one Summer Institute is a requirement for graduation.

Please note:

  • If this is your first year in the program, we recommend that you wait until at least your second year to participate in Summer Institute.
  • If you are a student in the Doctoral Completion Pathway (DCP), you are welcome to attend Summer Institute, but not required.

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 and faculty.

Students will be placed into one of two conference pathways based on their chosen capstone.

  • Applied Dissertation (AD) Pathway: The AD Pathway is for students that are completing the dissertation.
  • 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 for the first part of the day and then split out into their assigned pathway in the afternoon. We will have sessions to help you be successful in the doctoral program, including presentations and tips from recent graduates, 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.

Sessions subject to change.


July 11, 2024


July 12, 2024


July 13, 2024

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Kimberly Durham, Psy.D., Dean

George Hanbury, Ph.D., President

8:30 – 9:05 a.m.

Morning Coffee with Your Concentration

FCE&SCJ Faculty & Students

8:30 – 8:55 a.m.


Agustin Castellanos, M.D.


4:15 – 5:10 p.m.

Keynote Address

Elaine Wallace, D.O.

9:10 – 9:55 a.m.

Opening Plenary

Marquita Blades, Ed.D.

9:00 –11:55 a.m.

Pathway-Specific Sessions

FCE&SCJ Faculty


5:15 – 5:25 p.m.
SI Overview

Jennifer Reeves, Ph.D.

10:00 – 10:55 a.m.

Ed.D. Student Expectations

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

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

“I’m Running Out of Time”: A Scenario-Based Springboard for Discussion About Challenges Faced by Doctoral Students Using Mursion Simulation

Grace Telesco, Ph.D., Sean Stanton, Josh Inocalla, & Anne Huckaba

11:05 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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

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

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:25 p.m.


Staying Healthy, While Balancing Life

NSU’s Center for Student Counseling and

Building Better Writing Habits

Janine Morris, Ph.D., WCC

APA 7th Edition

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

12:45 – 3:55 p.m.

Pathway-Specific Sessions

FCE&SCJ Faculty


2:30 – 2:55 p.m.

Dissertation and SRP Pathway Overview

Jennifer Reeves, Ph.D.; Gina Peyton, Ed.D.; & David Ross, Ed.D.

3:10 – 3:55 p.m.

Virtual Poster Session

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

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Plenary

Ron Chenail, Ph.D., Provost/EVP

4:00 – 4:55 p.m.

Tips for Being Successful: Advice from Recent Graduates

FCE&SCJ Alumni

4:35 – 4:45 p.m.

Summer Institute Wrap-Up

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

Escape Room Challenge

Sponsored by the GSGA


Click here for a PDF version of this schedule.

Information to be provided at a later date.

Information to be provided at a later date.

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