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Eric Bliss

Eric Bliss

Walden University (Laureate Education)

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Eric's work combines: Education, Business, and Working Independently

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Day In The Life

Academic Coordinator

I manage projects, supervise and schedule faculty, negotiate disputes, & build strategic consensus.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Bellevue High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Chemistry, General

    The University of Alabama at Huntsville

  • Doctorate

    Engineering Chemistry

    The University of Tennessee

  • Certification

    Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education

  • Certification

    Project Management

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Education Administrators, Postsecondary:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Organizational Communication, General

Graduate Degree: Business Administration and Management, General

Doctorate: Project Management

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I worked at Space Camp while completing a BS in chemistry.

  • 2.

    I worked as a process development laboratory technician before continuing to graduate school.

  • 3.

    I worked at Oak Ridge National Lab as a scientist while completing a PhD in chemistry.

  • 4.

    I worked as an offshore field engineer for the oil business.

  • 5.

    I worked as a field engineer for pharmaceutical, environmental, government, and academia.

  • 6.

    I completed a teaching certification, teaching, coaching, developing curriculum, and chairing.

  • 7.

    I taught in higher education part-time, full-time, and eventually entered administration.

  • 8.

    While in higher education, I taught internationally and earned a post-doctoral business admin cert.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    You should not shift careers to education--it pays half of what your engineering employment does.

  • How I responded:

    I simply ignored the noise, jumped at opportunities regardless of whether it was the "right time," and let my gut guide me...if I lacked skills, I picked them up along the way. Continuing education is critical, and a terminal degree can never hurt you--but may be needed to open doors, so that's really where to begin--not end.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • We built up debt quickly buying too much house in the excitement of a new marriage. Live within your means, avoid any kind of credit card debt, and create both short and long-term goals for overcoming problems. Avoid scams that appear easy outs.