Alumni Updates

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Current HIED Ph.D. student Melissa Scott and recent HIED Ph.D. (’21) graduate Dr. Heidi Fischer are cohosts of a new podcast, the Beyond the Defense Podcast. Dr. Fischer is featured on the first episode discussing her dissertation. You can learn more information about the podcast at and listen to the episode on all major podcast streaming sites.

Trey Mayo, M.S.Ed. HIED 2008, accepted a position at Virginia Tech as Director of Graduate Programs for the Department of Computer Science earlier this year. Trey moved to this position after 18 years at ODU, ending as the Director of Advising in the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies. Congratulations Trey!

Dr. Natalie Cruz, Ph.D. HIED 2021, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. She will be teaching and serving on dissertations within their EdD of Leadership program, as well as continuing her research agenda related to international students and higher education. Natalie begins her new position on August 2nd. Congratulations Natalie!