EdD Student Spotlight: Eric L. Fecht

Education: MA, Education, Johns Hopkins University
BA, History/Secondary Education, Western Washington University
Location: HAbu Dhabi, UAE
Occupation: Abu Dhabi Education Council

I grew up on a dairy farm in Washington state where I ran cross country and was involved in 4-H, and I taught for three years in Baltimore City Public Schools where I also worked with our school’s Boys and Girls Club. I moved to Abu Dhabi in 2012 and have been there for three years working with the Abu Dhabi Education Council, a public school district serving close to 100,000 students in more than 230 schools. Within my current school I am working on a project to implement student response devices as a means to develop and prove or disprove strategies as well as gather data on student performance. I am also currently working with professors from Vanderbilt University on a pilot program for gifted and talented students.

I was attracted to the doctoral program at USC after the global executive doctoral group visited my school last spring. After hearing about their experiences using an online platform for learning, I looked into USC and instantly knew that the EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership was what I wanted to pursue. USC Rossier has a strong reputation within the field of education, and the opportunity to complete a dissertation in practice was one that I was not willing to pass up.

Eventually, I would like to return to the United States to work with nonprofit teacher residency programs like Teach for America or The New Teacher Project or with a larger urban school district.

When I think about organizational change, I think about the process involved with restructuring or solving specific problems within an existing organization. What is the underlying problem? Who are the stakeholders who need to be involved in order to effectively create a solution? What types of innovative solutions exist?