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Dr. Jesse Longhurst, Assistant Professor

Dr. Jese Longhurst

"I want my students to see the forces at work in the world of education and to be able to examine their causes. I want them to think creatively and pragmatically about solutions to education challenges."

Degrees Held

  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction – New Mexico State University, 2014
  • MA in Education – Southern Oregon University, 1999
  • BA in Theater – Lewis & Clark College, 1997

Career Highlights

Awards:

  • American Educational Association Rural Education Research Dissertation Award winner
  • Rural Literature R.A.L.L.Y. project advisory board member

Selected Publications:

(2017) "To Be There is Important: Place-Attachment in Rural Community College Students as Motivation for Staying Local," Texas Education Review: Vol. 5, Iss.1, pp. 24-39.

(2012) "Incorporating Rural and Farm Novels in the Secondary School Classroom: Where We Come From is Who We Are," Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education: Vol. 4: Iss. 3, Article 6.

In which online program do you teach?

Adult Education Concentration and program core of the MSEd

What do you want students to take away from your classes?

I want my students to see the forces at work in the world of education and to be able to examine their causes. I want them to think creatively and pragmatically about solutions to education challenges.

What is the value of a master's degree in education?

Someone who holds a master's degree is an expert in not just the content, but in the foundational literature, inquiry strategies, and emerging research of the field. It equips people to think deeply, to examine critically, and to investigate systematically in order to enact practice that is research-informed and to be advocates for the field.

What advice would you give to those considering an online MSEd program?

Take it seriously. Ultimately, the value of the course to you is entirely dependent upon your level of engagement with the material and with your colleagues in the course.

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