Associate Vice President and Dean Featured by Fortune Magazine, Education Edition


Dr. Vaughn Calhoun

On August 5, Assistant Vice President and Dean of the Center for Academic Achievement (CAS), Dr. Vaughn Calhoun, was featured in the Education edition of Fortune Magazine. The article, “Why I Earned an Ed.D. Instead of a Ph.D. in Education” focused on Dr. Calhoun’s educational and professional experience and his thoughts on the differences between terminal degrees. earned his bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from Rutgers University, where he was a scholarship football player in his own right.He received his MPA in public policy and administration from California State University, Long Beach, and Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.

Calhoun also provided advice for graduate students on the differences between a doctorate. and Ed.D. in education, sharing,

… A Ph.D. is primarily research-oriented; it aims to create new knowledge. But the Ed.D. is generally practitioner-focused, using existing knowledge to solve contemporary problems. It’s about how we can solve a problem, as opposed to how we can create new knowledge and spread that new knowledge.

When asked for his advice to students who decide to pursue an Ed.D. or a doctorate, Calhoun said students should first consider their career goals and trajectory.

… If you want to be a professor, conduct research, write articles, an Ed.D. would work, but a Ph.D. is more oriented towards this type of training. An Ed.D. [is more] focused on practice.

Calhoun joined Seton Hall in 2019 and is part of the Student Services Division leadership team. Its Academic Success Area focuses on the Center for Academic Success (CAS), Academic Resource Center (ARC), Student-Athlete Academic Support, Career Center, ROTC, Gen1 and Transfer Center.

Prior to Seton Hall, Calhoun served as assistant vice president of academic innovation at Rowan University. He helped coordinate, develop and implement high quality academic programs and policies. He has extensive experience in education and has developed relationships with industry and community partners for student career development. At Becker College, he was chairman of the business department of the School of Design & Technology, where he also chaired the first Racial Diversity Committee. He led the redesign of the Becker Business Program, a multi-year project in collaboration with faculty and other campus partners, and oversaw the creation of four additional bachelor’s degree programs (Sports Management, Emerging Media and Content Creation, Management sport and social innovation and entrepreneurship). ). He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland (Global Campus) and Providence College.

One of his goals for Seton Hall is to continue to raise the bar for academic success, aiding student perseverance, retention, and graduation. His leadership style focuses on understanding organizational dynamics, breaking down silos and building networks.

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