KSU Awards First Doctoral Degree


 Clint Stockton, a calculus teacher at Kennesaw Mountain High School, was awarded KSU’s…

Georgia (Jul 30, 2010)

 Clint Stockton, a calculus teacher at Kennesaw Mountain High School, was awarded KSU’s first-ever doctoral degree, an Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership for Learning, at summer commencement on July 28. The new degree represents a milestone not only for Stockton, but for KSU as well. The university now offers doctorates in nursing, business and education, and is launching its first Ph.D. in international conflict management this fall.

“This is a tremendous step into becoming a nationally recognized institution of higher learning,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “It’s hard to believe just 47 years ago this was a two-year junior college and now we’re a doctoral university.”
Stockton, 35, spent the last three years juggling family and job responsibilities while working on his doctorate. Friday night dates with his wife became a memory.
"My wife gets an honorary doctorate for all of her time and dedication,” he said. “I started my studies in January 2007 and my youngest daughter was born in March, so it was a lot of time management. My family was dedicated to schedules, and, unfortunately, on Friday nights I graded papers and did research.”
Stockton did research to understand how students have a hard time completing tasks. "I researched what students think about math and how it affects their ability to control their actions and solve problems.”

Currently, 65 students are enrolled in the Ed.D. degree program at KSU’s Bagwell College of Education. Doctoral students must complete 75 hours of coursework, with 27 hours dedicated to finding ways to improve learning for students from preK through high school.
"We are very honored Clint would select KSU as the institution to earn his doctorate,” said Arlinda Eaton, dean of the Bagwell College of Education. “For him to trust Bagwell and the program means a lot. He has set the precedent for the other students enrolled in the program.”


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu