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Successful Ed.D. Dissertation Defense: William Quigley

Morristown, N.J. (February 15, 2016) – Maplewood, N.J., resident William George Quigley has defended his doctoral dissertation and will receive his doctorate in educational leadership (Ed.D.) in May 2016.

The subject of his dissertation, Teacher's Perceptions of 21st-Century Instructional Practices: Strategies, Obstacles, and Impact on Teaching, was a mixed-methodology multi-case study to explore high school English teachers' perceptions of and attitudes about 21st-century learning skills. The primary and overriding finding of this study is that 21st-century instructional practices impact a high-school English teacher's classroom instruction to a moderately high degree.

"The program at the College of Saint Elizabeth proved to be quite rigorous and rewarding, requiring me to face numerous and exciting challenges," Quigley says. "In addition, the erudite professors provided substantial one-on-one support that is rather rare in post graduate academic environments today."

Quigley earned his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., where he graduated with departmental honors in English and theatre. A graduate of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Quigley is a member of Actors' Equity and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and has performed in summer stock theatres, on national television, as well as in off-off-Broadway productions.

Quigley worked part-time as a manuscript reader at Harper & Row, then joined the editorial staff at The New Yorker. He worked for Dr. Carl Sagan and his Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, and served as an editor at Omni, a science and science fiction magazine, and as managing editor at Art & Antiques magazine. March Five, a public relations firm, drafted Quigley to work in syndicated television as the unit publicist for The Oprah Winfrey Show, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy. In addition, he worked with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Barbara Mandrell, Wolfman Jack, and Willie Nelson, among many others.

At Lifetime Television, he worked as the managing director of publicity and eventually as a programming executive before opening his restaurant, Bon Manger. After retiring from the restaurant business, Wardlaw-Hartridge School hired Quigley to teach French and English in its middle school. While there, he earned a Master of Arts in teaching at Montclair State University.

Quigley moved into the public school sector in Ho-Ho-Kus where he initially taught French and English and continues to teach English at the middle school. Quigley, a perennial student, earned a Master's degree in English at Rutgers University and attended the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis in Nice, France, and The Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English during the summers where he continues to pursue his Master of Letters (MLitt) degree. Quigley is also a graduate of The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.

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