Educational Leadership Student is Selected as an OCHE Research Fellow

A Doctoral Student in the Department of Educational Leadership has been selected as an Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education Research Fellow for spring semester 2020.

Erinn Guzik, who expects to complete the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in 2021, has been selected for the Research Fellowship.

“We are thrilled to hear of Erinn’s fellowship,” said Dan Lee, Erinn’s faculty advisor in the Department of Educational Leadership. “Erinn is bright, highly motivated, and she has a great work ethic. In the short term, Erinn has enrolled in EDLD 625 Quantitative Research in the upcoming spring semester and I have no doubt that she will be able to successfully meld this coursework with her OCHE Research Fellows project. In the long term, I hope that her OCHE Research Fellows work will become the basis for her doctoral dissertation.”

Guzik, of Missoula, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has over 12 years of experience working in higher education, most currently serving in an interim student conduct position at the University of Montana. She currently owns a private counseling practice while attending graduate school full time.

The OCHE program allows current graduate students to receive a $1,000 stipend and academic credit while also gaining valuable experience and exposure at the highest administrative level of the Montana University System (MUS). The Division of Academic, Research, and Student Affairs (ARSA) initiatives will acquire support from OCHE Research Fellows. These initiatives will promote student and faculty success throughout the MUS. Fellows like Guzik will participate in project development, data analysis, basic research in key initiative areas, policy design & implementation, and general campus outreach.

“I’m honored to be chosen as an OCHE Research Fellow,” Guzik said. “I look forward to working with ARSA leadership to contribute to research efforts that may benefit Montana students, staff, faculty and higher education institutions.”