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John Borton

John Borton

Walden University

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John's work combines: Education, Technology, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Full-Time Faculty

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

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Social Studies Teacher Education

    Purdue University-Main Campus

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Mathematics, General

    Purdue University-Main Campus

  • Graduate Degree

    Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods

    University of Northern Colorado

  • Doctorate

    Computer and Information Sciences, General

    University of Colorado Boulder

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Social Studies Teacher Education

Bachelor's Degree: Mathematics, General

Graduate Degree: Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods

Doctorate: Computer and Information Sciences, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    My parents instilled a love of books and learning in me at a young age.

  • 2.

    I took a computer class while working on an MS in Statistics and found my passion within teaching.

  • 3.

    I learned that teaching is not about lecturing but facilitating student learning in the classroom.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages 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!

  • How I responded:

    Once I got started, I found the doctoral work was really no different than a very challenging job. Once I committed to putting the time and effort into it that was required, everything came together. Completing a PhD not only gave me the personal confidence to succeed in academia, it also provided the key to open all of the doors to become a complete faculty member and to be recognized by my peers.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I had a family and no money to pay for graduate school. Once I committed to each of my two graduate degrees I found out what was needed to get graduate assistantships and made sure I had the best qualifications.