Stephen Kilgore

With week 8 coming to close on Friday and my final research paper for Corporate Finance turned in, I have officially finished my first class as a doctoral student. I got an A, so my doctoral GPA at the moment is 4.0! Overall, I felt the class was good, albeit a bit dry. I felt the assignments were good at making sure the concepts were understood and the end-of-course research project was very comprehensive, and I got to write my first literature review. The next course, ethics, starts Monday. I'm looking forward to a content change and this subject really…

I forgot to write again last week, so I thought I'd combine this post to cover both weeks 6&7. The last couple of weeks' worth of assignments seemed to have toned down a bit in difficulty and I'm still doing very well in the course. Overall, I don't think I had a whole lot of instructor feedback in this course, but I think that may be relegated to just this professor, as other students seem to have had much more feedback and interaction with their professors than did I. Maybe it's because I've done well on the assignments that the…

Wow, time flies. I've had a massively busy time at work, and although I've stayed on top of my coursework, I did forget to post about last week, so I'll include it here and bundle weeks four and five together. First, let's talk about my work life. As mentioned previously, I'm the sole subject matter expert on a project-team with the goal of re-implementing my company's entire financial tech stack, including ERP, billing system, and payment processor/gateway. This week was our first product demo to stakeholders for a project that we've been working on for almost a year, so a…

Week three of my doctoral program is completed, only 205 more weeks to go! This week was pretty uneventful. For the first half of the semester, I'm taking doctoral level corporate finance and this week mostly focused on capital budgeting and making decisions using internal rate of return and net present value. This is part of the doctoral business core that every PhD and DBA student in the department must take as part of their degrees. There are 7 core courses covering most of the functional areas of business. In addition to that, there are 8 courses for your doctoral…

Week two has been completed. My assignments for week one and two have been graded and I have high As on both of them, meaning I'm on track for an A in my first doctoral course, BADM 734 - Corporate Finance: Fiscal Management in a Global Climate. The reading has been pretty dense and the assignments are based on case studies whereby the doctoral student must give consultative advice within the parameters of questions posed by a hypothetical client based on the case study. Overall, it feels like a more in-depth version of previous finance coursework as part of my…

So, as previous posts alluded to, last week was the first week of my doctoral program. I didn't really know what to expect and was a bit nervous. One thing that I knew would be an adjustment was letting go of the competency model I'd gotten so used to at WGU. At WGU, there were no due dates for assignments or tests. Each class had a set of competencies that you needed to meet by taking an assessment or writing a paper. You have a set amount of classes you have to complete per six month term. It is up…

Today, I finally registered for my first semester as a PhD student. University of the Cumberlands operates on a quarter schedule, so 2 8 week terms per semester. The PhD is set up in the following manner: Doctoral Business Core (21 hrs)Research Courses (21 hrs)Specialization Courses (24 hours) (For me, this will be comprised of doctoral level marketing courses)A comprehensive examDissertation/Dissertation Defense I'm following the program pretty linearly and will be starting with my first class of the doctoral business core, advanced managerial accounting. I'm a bit nervous, as accounting is definitely one of the more notoriously difficult domains in…

In order for the rest of this blog to make sense and to put my PhD studies into context for you, the reader, it's probably necessary to give a bit of background information. Like everyone, my decisions and my current path through life have been informed by the situations I've found myself in. Without that key bit of context, the rest of this blog would lack structure. How can you learn from my experience if you don't know where I've been? I started my educational journey at a local community college, getting general education credits out of the way before…

Hi All! First off, I'd like to thank you for stopping by. I hope that the content here will be interesting to you. Above all, I hope that by following my chronicles as I navigate my professional life as an ERP systems engineer and my academic life as a distance-learning PhD student at University of the Cumberlands, the reader will be able to learn more about these topics through the real, lived experiences of my challenges, successes, and failures. In coming blog posts, I will write more about my educational journey up to this point in my life and explore…

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