Gary Burkholder

Gary Burkholder

Vice President; Senior Research Scholar


Laureate Education

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Wanted to be a Wildlife Management Major.
Switched to History and Foreign Languages because I was not successful in college chemistry.
Dropped out of school to enlist in the Navy to be a cook.
Went to Nuclear Power School instead and realized my love for engineering.
Went back to college with a ROTC scholarship and got my nuclear engineering degree.
Spent the next 7 years in the Navy.
Went back to undergraduate to change profession to Psychology.
Was persuaded to go to graduate school and I got my doctorate in 2000 in Psychology.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Yucca Valley High School
Bachelor
Engineering, General
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Graduate
Psychology, General
University of Rhode Island
Doctorate
Experimental Psychology
University of Rhode Island
Bachelor
Psychology, General
University of Rhode Island

Career

Vice President; Senior Research Scholar

I teach, mentor, research, and find ways to sustain a culture of evidence and research.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Writing
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

A great day for me is when I accomplish a certain amount of creative or academic writing. I also have meetings during which I work on establishing a research program for my institution. I mentor students who are completing their doctoral research.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

People relations and negotiation skills are essential. During each day, I work with students presenting a variety of needs. I also have to meet with people at different levels of the organization, which requires that I know how to address those in the most senior positions and those whom I supervise as well as those who represent academic and business interests. I am as much a business person as I am an academic. I need to be able to communicate expertly in writing and verbally.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Study what interests you the most. The specific undergraduate degree did not matter to where I am at today. However, my undergraduate degree in engineering was most useful to me in my years as a division officer in the United States Navy. I studied what I enjoyed and used what I studied to meet the shorter-term goals I had at the time.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Engineering, General
graduate
Graduate
Psychology, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Experimental Psychology
undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You think you are 'too good' for everyone else because you want to go to college."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
First-Generation College Student