Hannahs has worked at UF as a diversity specialist in an LGBT office and later as a central administrative role.
Hannahs is not the only UF staff member who has returned to school to learn more about managing higher education while putting their education to practice.
Ayola Singh-Kreitz returned to school for her doctorate in higher education administration after receiving her master’s degree in business and working in IT at UF.
“The program has balanced me out as an individual. When I came from the college of business I knew that I wanted the fastest most efficient way of doing things.” She said. “The program made me slow down. Sometimes there is a slightly longer way to get to the same end goal, but it might be a little better.”
The doctoral higher education program at UF work through a cohort basis, making it easy to find a good peer group, which according to Pendleton is important at all education levels.
“We would do study groups on the weekends,” Pendleton said. “We would meet at Starbucks and get some caffeine but then study our quantitative methods course.”
As the Director of the Machen Florida Opportunity scholarships, Pendleton helps to support the students both financially and academically through support mechanisms such as classes and a peer mentor system.
“It was like listening to the advice I give to other people and trying to take that advice because I was back in the classroom,” she said.