Unpretentious Approach Leads Professor to Bellevue University
A welcoming atmosphere was one of the things that attracted Dr. Julia Cronin-Gilmore to Bellevue University in 2007. More than 10 years later, she still works hard to project that atmosphere into both her online and in-class students.
As a Professor in the College of Business, Dr. Cronin-Gilmore certainly exemplified that attribute when she earned top honors in 2017 in the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) international awards program. She received the USDLA Excellence in Teaching/Training Award in the category of Online Technology – Higher Education.
Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins praised Cronin-Gilmore for the excellence that led to earning the USDLA award. “Dr. Cronin-Gilmore’s approach to supporting the needs of learners excelling in the constantly changing career of marketing exemplifies Bellevue University’s commitment to innovative learning models.
That focus on innovative learning models was seen again recently, as Dr. Cronin-Gilmore played a central role in creating the new 100% fully online Doctorate in Business Administration degree program that the University will launch starting in May 2019.
Unlike other doctoral programs, Bellevue University DBA students will not write a dissertation. All DBA students will instead undertake an applied, research-based doctoral project. The doctoral project follows a similar structure as a dissertation and uses the same methodologies, but students work on the project throughout the three-year DBA program instead of starting it after all coursework is completed.
“Students will emerge as experts on their topic, and as thought leaders in their industry,” said Dr. Cronin-Gilmore, who will serve as DBA Program Director.
She added that the new DBA program’s clear and structured three-years-start-to-finish program means students will be able to succeed, while also meeting their work and personal responsibilities. One distinguishing factor for success for will be the cohort, or group, format of the DBA degree program. “Students consistently tell me they fit in and feel connected to their professor and fellow students,” she said, noting that DBA students will register once and advance through the three-year program with the same classmates. Th
e familiarity they will gain with their students and professors, said Dr. Cronin-Gilmore, is one of the things she loves most about the University.
“What I love about Bellevue University is that it is for the everyday person. It’s not pretentious. The university and our professors are approachable and being in an online class is comfortable because things are established.”
Find out more about the Bellevue University Doctorate of Business Administration program here: www.bellevue.edu/degrees/doctoral/business-administration-dba/