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Elgersma, Taylor, Wilcox earn doctorates

July 19, 2005

Three Dordt College employees have successfully defended their disserations and will receive their doctoral degrees in July, August and September. Achieving this milestone are William Elgersma, coordinator of developmental education; Curtis Taylor, special assistant to the president and director of institutional planning; and David Wilcox, assistant professor of psychology. Elgersma

William Elgersma, Sioux Center, earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Education) at the University of South Dakota, where degrees will be conferred July 28. His dissertation topic was, “Examining the skills, attitudes, and perceptions of developmental writing students and a private midwestern college.”

Elgersma earned a B. A. in HPER (Health, Physical Education and Recreation) at Dordt College in 1983. He completed his M.A. at the University of South Dakota in 1994, and has taught classes in the English, Education and HPER departments at Dordt, as well as serving as an admissions counselor and coach for hockey, men’s and women’s soccer. He is currently the coordinator of developmental education in the ASK (Academic Skills) Center and women’s soccer team coach. Taylor

Curtis Taylor, Sioux Center, earned his Ph.D. at Iowa State University, where degrees will be conferred on Aug. 6. His dissertation topic was, “A study of the characteristics, satisfaction and organizational commitment of faculty members at ten colleges affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.”

Taylor earned a B.A. in Psychology at Calvin College in 1987, and then completed his M.A. in College and University Administration at Michigan State University in 1989. He was graduate resident director at Michigan State University from 1987-1989; resident director at the University of Washington from 1989-1992; and came to Dordt College in 1992. Since then he has filled the role of director of residence life (1992-1995); vice president for student services (1995-2000); and special assistant to the president and director of institutional planning (2000-2005). Wilcox

David Wilcox, Sioux Center, earned his Ph.D. in Counseling from Liberty University, where degrees will be conferred in September. His dissertation topic was “The Effects of Depression and Spiritual Maturity on Adaptation to College in First-time Attending, First-semester Freshmen at Dordt College.” The purpose was to investigate some of the influencing factors that affect new college students’ academic, social, personal-emotional, and institutional adjustment to college

Wilcox earned a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Humanities from Belhaven College, Jackson, MS; then completed his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College; followed by an M.Div. from Liberty Theological Seminary. Wilcox worked 12 years in a clinical practice and was adjunct professor of psychology at Liberty University from 2003-2004 before moving to his present position, assistant of professor of psychology at Dordt College, in 2004.

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