Colton Strawser

PhD Leadership Studies

What do you hope to do with your degree and/or credential, and why?

After completing my PhD, I hope to become a professor of nonprofit management and/or philanthropic studies. I enjoy teaching and research and I have a passion for service-learning.

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

I heard about SOLES by conducting research on PhD programs that provided a nonprofit emphasis. After finding the program online I did some additional research and really fell in love with the flexible curriculum. I chose to enroll since I could make the PhD program my own and explore research that was of interest to me. The flexibility in the program is what convinced me to enroll and I have loved all of the academic decisions I have made so far!

Are you currently working? If so, do you work full-time, part time, and what do you do?

I work as a Doctoral Research Assistant in The Nonprofit Institute here at SOLES. I conduct research on the state of nonprofits and philanthropy in San Diego, provide training through the Institute’s various community programs, and assist with other research projects.

In addition, I also own my own nonprofit consulting firm with clients and consultants throughout the country. My firm specializes in nonprofit organization development, foundation management, education consulting, continuing education, and other specialized nonprofit issues. I also teach online for Arkansas Tech University.

Are there specific SOLES faculty, staff or administrators you feel have contributed significantly to your success? How have they helped?

Getting to know the faculty at SOLES is really important, and they make it really easy. I have gone to office hours for many professors that are within my concentration and they have given me lots of great advice on what I need to be doing now to prepare for my future. My advisor and other faculty members have guided me with course selections, encouraged me to attend conferences, and have provided unique opportunities that I would most likely have not received at a different university.