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SKC Professional Development - Steve

SKC_Steve.jpgDirector, Indigenous Math & Science Institute
Salish Kootenai College

Steve is a continuing scholarship recipient under the Woksape Oyate professional development funding. He has worked at SKC since 1996 and currently holds a master’s degree in technology management from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Steve says that he had thought about seeking a Ph.D. before, but the time away from his professional duties and financial commitment were a hindrance. With the scholarship from the American Indian College Fund's Woksape Oyate Program, Steve was able to enroll in a program that fits his current position, future endeavors, and family obligations.

Steve says, “The Wisdom of the People Scholarship has provided me with the financial support to pursue a doctorate of management in information systems and technology through the University of Phoenix. The online program … has already provided me with a greater skill set of leadership techniques and organizational management philosophies that I am incorporating into my positions at SKC.”

“So far, I have completed 12 courses and earned a 3.67 GPA. The research courses I have taken consist of intensive practice in qualitative and quantitative research methods. All of these courses have not only brought me closer to completion of my doctorate degree, they have also contributed to the development of my critical thinking and leadership skills,” Steve says.

“For six months in 2010, I participated in a doctoral fellowship at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. It involved working with the human resource development and engineering directorates on various projects, site visits, program review, and policy development that affect tribal colleges and universities. I also used this time to begin narrowing down my dissertation topic. I am researching the Native perspective on the concept of technology transfer and intellectual property rights through scientific research outcomes at tribal colleges and universities,” Steve adds.