In this conversation, Walden PhD graduate Dr. Dorothy Kropf and her faculty chair, Dr. Rob Foshay, will discuss the journey toward a doctoral degree in education. The session will highlight the overall doctoral experience as well as the coursework, research, dissertation process, and the support and resources offered by Walden. Topics will include:

  • What every PhD candidate should know
  • Dissertation preparation: Research feasibility and the approval process
  • Lessons learned
  • What’s different about earning a PhD at Walden
  • Opportunities in the field


Dr. Dorothy Kropf

Dorothy Kropf, PhD, Online Learning Specialist, Life Pacific University (LPU)

Dr. Dorothy Kropf is the online learning specialist at Life Pacific University (LPU) in San Dimas, California. She oversees the instructional design process of on-campus, online, and hybrid classes, from course design to course delivery. Dr. Kropf develops and implements e-learning training programs for LPU faculty, students, and staff. She manages the content, functionality, system upgrades, and maintenance of the learning management system and is responsible for online course evaluations. She is also part of the curriculum committee for the Human Development and Psychology department at LPU.

Dr. Kropf has a PhD in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology and Design from Walden University. Her dissertation topic was “Applying UTAUT to Determine Intent to Use Cloud Computing in K–12 Classrooms.”

Rob Foshay, PhD, Contributing Faculty, Walden University

Dr. Rob FoshayDr. Rob Foshay is principal of the Foshay Group, and consults on e-learning strategy, education technology research, and product strategy. He mentors PhD students in the education technology programs of Walden University and University of North Texas. He is also a senior practice leader for the Hale Institute. Dr. Foshay joined Walden University in 2011.

He served as director of research for the education technology group of Texas Instruments, where he contributed to product strategy and managed the company’s extensive education research portfolio on effectiveness of their products and services in math and science (STEM) education. For 15 years, he was the chief instructional architect of the PLATO Learning System. He also managed PLATO’s program of independent research on effectiveness. His background also encompasses K–12 teaching, school district technology coordination, university teaching (campus-based and online), and curriculum and training development in a wide range of fields.

Dr. Foshay has written over 70 research journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics in instructional design, learning science, technology and education, and human performance technology. He recently co-edited a volume on instructional design in the three-volume Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace and previously co-authored a textbook on instructional strategies, both published by Wiley Education Services.

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