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ALUMNI CASE STUDY
T H E U L T I M A T E G U I D E T O
W R I T I N G E N G A G I N G C A S E
S T U D I E S T O H I G H L I ...
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
INTERVIEW
o Email Invitation
o Questions
o Recording Podcast
FORMAT
o Background
o Need
o S...
INTRODUCTION
PURPOSE
The purpose of this how-to guide
is to develop alumni case studies
that position the College of
Education and Huma...
SELECTION
Each alumni case study
highlights a successful alumnus
who has leveraged their
graduate degree to change, or
adv...
INTERVIEW
EMAIL
INVITATION
Once an alum has been
selected to participate, email
them an invitation explaining the
purpose of the cas...
Hi Tonya,
As an alumni of the Early Childhood Education doctoral program
from Georgia State University’s College of Educat...
QUESTIONS
In order to write an engaging
alumni case study, the
questions you ask should be
direct, but open-ended enough
t...
Background
Where were you born and raised?
Where and when did you receive your
undergraduate degree, and in what major?
Wh...
Recording the
interview allows you to
repurpose it for the
College’s UrbanEd
Podcast.
To record the phone interview,
use y...
FORMAT
This section includes the following:
o Compelling headline
o High resolution image
o Full name
o Hometown
o Education
o Ti...
Committed to Culturally Responsive
Education and Equity for All Children
Hometown Atlanta, GA
2009, Ph.D., Early Childhood...
NEED
What professional
challenges did the
alumnus face prior to
enrolling in the
program?
The reasons for pursuing a gradu...
Teaching Educators to Be Culturally
Relevant Leads to Doctoral Program
Prior to applying to the Early Childhood
Education ...
SOLUTION
How did the graduate
program solve the
alumnus’ professional
challenges?
This section describes how the
alumnus’ ...
Research Opportunities Extend
Beyond Classroom
I wanted to attend a graduate program that
prepared its graduates to be edu...
RESULTS
What impact has the
alumnus’ graduate
degree made on their
career?
The final paragraph illustrates how
the alumnus...
Training Teachers to Be Change
Agents
Having the opportunity to co-author two articles as a
doctoral student, I was offere...
LAYOUT
Complete the initial draft of the
case study in a Word document.
Once the draft has been edited
for grammar and ton...
SAMPLES
SAMPLE 1
SAMPLE 2
Choose a job you
love, and you will
never have to work a
day in your life.
- Confucius
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How to Guide: Developing Alumni Case Studies

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How to Guide: Developing Alumni Case Studies

  1. 1. ALUMNI CASE STUDY T H E U L T I M A T E G U I D E T O W R I T I N G E N G A G I N G C A S E S T U D I E S T O H I G H L I G H T S U C C E S S F U L A L U M N I HOW-TO GUIDE
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION INTERVIEW o Email Invitation o Questions o Recording Podcast FORMAT o Background o Need o Solution o Results SAMPLES
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION
  4. 4. PURPOSE The purpose of this how-to guide is to develop alumni case studies that position the College of Education and Human Development’s graduate programs as competitive and valuable options for individuals wanting to advance their education and career in: o K-12 Education o Higher Education o Mental Health o Physical Wellness
  5. 5. SELECTION Each alumni case study highlights a successful alumnus who has leveraged their graduate degree to change, or advance their career. Alumni selected to participate should provide positive feedback about why they chose to attend Georgia State University, their graduate program experience, and the impact their education has had on their career and professional development. SELECTION
  6. 6. INTERVIEW
  7. 7. EMAIL INVITATION Once an alum has been selected to participate, email them an invitation explaining the purpose of the case study. You can use the sample text on the next page as a guide.
  8. 8. Hi Tonya, As an alumni of the Early Childhood Education doctoral program from Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development, we are extremely proud of your career achievements and would like to honor you by featuring you in an alumni case study. The purpose of the case study is to showcase the value of your graduate education, and how it’s impacted your professional development and your career. Please let me know your availability for a 30-minute phone interview the week of July 10 or July 17. I’ve attached the questions for you to review prior to the interview. If you’re not available, you can submit your answers to the attached questions via email. If you agree to participate, please sign and email the attached Media Release form, and submit a square, high resolution image (300 dpi, or ≥ 1MB .jpg or .png) that can be used to represent you on the publication. Download Media Release
  9. 9. QUESTIONS In order to write an engaging alumni case study, the questions you ask should be direct, but open-ended enough to encourage a conversation with the alumnus. NOTE: If the they cannot schedule a phone interview, email them the questions and ask them to submit their answers via email.
  10. 10. Background Where were you born and raised? Where and when did you receive your undergraduate degree, and in what major? Who is your current employer, and what is your job title? Tell me about the most rewarding experience you had as a graduate student (i.e., research, internship, practicum, etc.). Experience Prior to Attending Georgia State Prior to attending Georgia State for your graduate program, what did you do for a living? What was your motivation for wanting to pursue your graduate degree? Why did you choose Georgia State rather than another institution? Please summarize three career goals you wanted to achieve after graduating? Post Graduation Experience What year did you complete your graduate program? How long did it take to land a job after graduating? What were the top three skills you learned from your graduate program that prepared you for your career? How has your career progressed since graduating? What is your most rewarding or greatest career achievement to date? Where do you see yourself growing in your career in the next 5 years? What advice would you give prospective graduate applicants interested in applying to your graduate program? Is there anything else you’d like to add? Graduate Experience at Georgia State Tell me about your experiences in your graduate program. What was the best aspect of your graduate program (i.e., cohort, faculty, internships, etc.)? Download Alumni Questionnaire
  11. 11. Recording the interview allows you to repurpose it for the College’s UrbanEd Podcast. To record the phone interview, use your smartphone’s Voice Recorder app. Make sure the landline phone speaker is close to your smartphone’s speaker to pick-up the alumni’s voice. Email audio file to bbanks13@gsu.edu. RECORDING PODCAST
  12. 12. FORMAT
  13. 13. This section includes the following: o Compelling headline o High resolution image o Full name o Hometown o Education o Title o Employer o Research interests (if applicable) o Quote BACKGROUND
  14. 14. Committed to Culturally Responsive Education and Equity for All Children Hometown Atlanta, GA 2009, Ph.D., Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University 2004, M.A., Curriculum & Education, Central Michigan University Assistant Professor University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Education and Human Sciences, Department of Child, Youth and Family Services Socio-cultural and identity development of children Education Title Employer Research interest “I am committed to outreach, scholarship and research to develop and support culturally responsive professionals who strive towards becoming agents of change in their classrooms, communities and beyond.” TONYA DURDEN, Ph.D., ’09
  15. 15. NEED What professional challenges did the alumnus face prior to enrolling in the program? The reasons for pursuing a graduate degree are different for different people. This section should briefly discuss what the alumnus was doing prior to enrolling at Georgia State (i.e., school, career), and what led them to research, and eventually apply, to their specific graduate program.
  16. 16. Teaching Educators to Be Culturally Relevant Leads to Doctoral Program Prior to applying to the Early Childhood Education doctoral program, I spent 10+ years as a K-5 teacher for Atlanta Public Schools. Having spent over a decade educating young children in urban classrooms, I realized I wanted to advance my knowledge of how to train teachers to be culturally relevant professionals in their classrooms, communities and beyond.
  17. 17. SOLUTION How did the graduate program solve the alumnus’ professional challenges? This section describes how the alumnus’ graduate program prepared them for their career. It should include a synopsis of their experience, including: practicums, internships, awards, research, and other notable accomplishments.
  18. 18. Research Opportunities Extend Beyond Classroom I wanted to attend a graduate program that prepared its graduates to be educational researchers and teacher educators, with an emphasis on urban education and how children’s learning is shaped by education inequities, race, gender, and social class. During my 4+ years at Georgia State, I was most proud of the research I conducted addressing how to prepare young children for pre-school. In addition, I received the Dean’s fellowship, which allowed me to travel to Shanghai to present my findings and meet innovative educational researchers throughout Asia.
  19. 19. RESULTS What impact has the alumnus’ graduate degree made on their career? The final paragraph illustrates how the alumnus’ graduate degree impacted their career and professional development. It should highlight their current position and accomplishments, including: promotions, awards, professional memberships and civic engagement.
  20. 20. Training Teachers to Be Change Agents Having the opportunity to co-author two articles as a doctoral student, I was offered a position as an assistant professor with my current employer before I graduated. As the director of the university’s Learning Child Project, I work with key stakeholders to develop research-based programming that help young children thrive as learners. In addition, I’m working with a nationwide, Department of Defense funded project to ensure military families have access to high quality child care. In 2013, I was thrilled to receive the USDAs Early Achievement Award for people who’ve made significant contributions within the first six years of their career.
  21. 21. LAYOUT Complete the initial draft of the case study in a Word document. Once the draft has been edited for grammar and tone, email it to bbanks13@gsu.edu. The draft will be laid out in Adobe InDesign using one of the two approved sample alumni case studies on the following pages.
  22. 22. SAMPLES
  23. 23. SAMPLE 1
  24. 24. SAMPLE 2
  25. 25. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius

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