John Borton

John Borton

Full-Time Faculty


Walden University

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
My parents instilled a love of books and learning in me at a young age.
I took a computer class while working on an MS in Statistics and found my passion within teaching.
I learned that teaching is not about lecturing but facilitating student learning in the classroom.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Social Studies Teacher Education
Purdue University-Main Campus
Bachelor
Mathematics, General
Purdue University-Main Campus
Graduate
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods
University of Northern Colorado
Doctorate
Computer and Information Sciences, General
University of Colorado Boulder

Career

Full-Time Faculty

I have two primary roles in my current position: professional service to the program and student me.

Career Roadmap

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

Day to Day

As a tele-commuter, I spend my entire work day at the computer. I work in a professional, co-working space for at least 6 hours each weekday. In addition, I work from home, primarily for short bursts in the early morning, late evening, and a little each Saturday and Sunday. My day is divided between responding to emails, working in the on-line classroom with students, completing projects focused on improving the student and faculty experience, and an occasional committee meeting.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Since I teach in a technical subject area (Computing), I found that several years of professional experience in the industry was invaluable when it comes to facilitating student learning in the classroom. In addition, I obtained professional certifications in my area of expertise to insure I am providing the most up-to-date information to the students. Written and oral communication as well as strong interpersonal skills improved my ability to succeed and work effectively with others.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

As an undergraduate, follow your passion. Get a degree in something you enjoy. As a graduate student, continue to follow your passion, but be sure to look at the realities of life after graduate school. Will the degree you are pursuing support the life style you want to live; professionally, personally, and financially.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Social Studies Teacher Education
undergrad
Bachelor
Mathematics, General
graduate
Graduate
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods
doctorate
Doctorate
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"It's not worth it to pursue a PhD. There is no financial payback for what it will cost me. Who do you think you are pursuing a PhD? You are not that smart!"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial