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Become an Educational Leader with a Global Focus at UW

March 5, 2018

Adeline Borti presenting donated books to school in GhanaWritten by: Adeline Borti, Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on literacy

I am a Ghanaian and a language instructor with seventeen years of professional experience in my home country.  I decided to seek more knowledge in the area of literacy. My search for a university with a department that has state-of-the-art facilities and could help me shape my career and my global educational dream led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on literacy at the University of Wyoming. Aside from my student role, I also work as a Graduate Assistant. As an international student, I chose the College of Education at UW because it affords me the opportunity to develop as an educational leader with a global focus, as a professional, and as an academic and a researcher.

My development as an academic and a researcher

I believe that “Those who know do and those who understand, teach.” – Aristotle. Thus, my ambition as an academic and a researcher calls for learning theoretical and empirical approaches to literacy and language education. The literacy program is rich in leadership training and flexibility. It is worth noting that the program enables me to link theory to practice, which is an essential ingredient for efficiency in any endeavor. The program encourages great collaboration between students and faculty. The instructors are highly qualified and are open to ideas and exploration of new paths that international students might bring. The literacy program has teaching and research courses that enable me to build my research capacity and as well as enhance my pedagogy. Further, class assignments provide the opportunity for students to work toward producing manuscripts that could be published, the dream of most academics.  Consequently, I find these qualities apt for my career and professional development.

My development as a global leader

I believed my vision to become a leader with a global focus could be achieved largely by receiving an international education. With this background, I see my enrollment in the Ph.D. program as an opportunity to further equip myself to be nationally and globally relevant in my chosen field as a language/literacy educator, and a global worker in order to make relevant contributions to research and teaching of English language and literacy. I believe experiencing this international education has given me a better platform and disposition to be more versatile and globally minded in my approach to literacy and education in general.

My development as a professional

My department has provided me enviable opportunities that are grooming me to become a competitive professional.  Since the inception of my Ph.D. program here, I have gained experiences through the many international conferences I have attended within two years. Through these conferences, I have made some lifelong connections with established professionals in the field of literacy whom I contact for resources, advice, and feedback in relation to my professional growth. I have also become a member of the two renowned international literacy associations (i.e., the Literacy Research Association & the International Literacy Association). I cannot end my narrative without mentioning the import of the Literacy Research Clinic and Center (LRCC), one of the reasons I chose the program at University of Wyoming. I appreciate the resources available at the LRCC to support my doctoral study in literacy at the University of Wyoming.

Finally, I think the College of Education at the University of Wyoming is a home for people who wish to shape their dreams and those who need an enabling environment to identify and realize their dreams!

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