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Being a Doctoral Candidate and Air Force Wife

By: Jada McGlothin

I’m from Pittsburgh, Pa and I live in Tucson, AZ. I’m an Air Force wife and mother of 4 children ages 10, 8, 3, and 1. I am a licensed special education teacher, but for the past 3 years I have been a stay at home mom and I love it! I also just recently started my own in-home business where I make homemade natural hair care products.


In 2014, after finished my MS in special education I decided to go right into my EdD. My goal at a very young age was to always earn my doctorate degree and eventually become a college professor, so it was the perfect time to start it. Since starting, my doctoral experience has been like a roller coaster ride. There have been highs, lows, loops, and all kinds of curves along the way. Being a military spouse, my husband is always either deployed or on the road so that leaves me to take care of everything else at home, which can be stressful especially having all my family living on the other side of the country.


I attended 2 residencies and both times he was deployed so I had to fly my parents down to help care for my children. I’m grateful for the residency experience and met some amazing people that I am still in contact with to this day. Residency was definitely intense, but I learned so much!


For anyone just starting their EdD or PhD, the advice I would give to you is to make self-care a priority. If you need to take a break in your program, take it! And definitely link up with other EdD/PhD students because they understand the process and all you go through trying to get through it. And keep writing! .


Jada McGlothin

About the Writer

My name is Jada McGlothin and I’m an Air Force wife and mom of 4 children ages 1, 2, 8, and 9. I am a licensed special education teacher, but currently a stay at home mom after having my last 2 children. I’m working on my EdD at Grand Canyon University majoring in organizational leadership with an emphasis in special education.

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