Date of Defense



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Larry tenHarmsel

Second Advisor

Dr. John Martell Jr.

Third Advisor

Dr. Arthur White


In the late 1990's, my father died after a short brutal battle with a virulently malignant form of cancer. During our last few conversations, he made it abundantly clear to me that he had many regrets for the life that he had lived, and in particular, that he had never participated in a vocation that had meant very much to him. While I was, and am, certain that he had no intention of hurting me, I found this understanding of my father's life to be a shocking and most painful surprise. At this point in my life, I had in fact achieved a high point in a successful management career, and was the Director of Operations for a network often women's health care centers in New York City with a combined total of approximately 250 professional employees. At the same time, I had gradually become aware of an ever-growing personal dissatisfaction with the career that I had created, which was now greatly exacerbated by this new awareness of what my father had faced at his life's ending. I was not happy with the life that I had created for myself and I now became determined not to repeat my father's experience in my own life.


Fourth Advisor: Linda MacCallum

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only