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RIA #40: Dr. Matt Bergman on Early-Career Research


Dr. Matt Bergman

Dr. Matt Bergman

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Matt Bergman, an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville in the College of Education and Human Development. He teaches adult students (25 and older) in the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning program. Dr. Bergman’s research is focused on factors that impact adult learners in degree completion programs at four-year universities and he recently won a national competition for Innovation in Educational Attainment from the Gheen’s Foundation based upon local implementation of his research. Dr. Bergman has also served in several other capacities at Appalachian State University and Lees-McRae College in Western North Carolina working in Enrollment Management, Athletic Learning Assistance, and Admissions. Prior to his career in Higher Education, Matt played Arena Football in Charleston, SC for a total of three seasons. He received a B.S. in Sports Administration, Physical Education, and Health Education from Union College in Barbourville, KY. He received a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville. He is a teacher, administrator, and ambassador of degree attainment at the local, regional, and national levels.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Getting Launched as a New Faculty Member [00:00-11:45]

In this first segment, Matt shares about his first three years as a faculty member and how he shaped his research pipeline.

Segment 2: Prepping for a Third-Year Review [11:46-21:33]

In segment two, Matt shares some of his strategies for preparing for a third-year review as part of his tenure clock.

Segment 3: Imposter Syndrome [21:34-35:24]

In segment three, Matt shares about feelings of “imposter syndrome” and how he stays motivated.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

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