Aaron Nance

Aaron Nance
Cato College of Education
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Preferred Pronouns: He/Him
  • Current Graduate Program: Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Concentration/Area of Emphasis: Urban Education
  • Program Schedule: Full-Time
  • Delivery Method: In-Person
  • Current Employer: Clinton College
  • Position: Division Chair
  • Anticipated Graduation: November 2024
  • Undergraduate Institution: Minot State University
  • Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Favorite Place in Charlotte: Merchant and Trade
  • Hometown: Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Dream Job: Higher Education Administration

What has been your driving force for enrolling in your degree program?

The degree program that I am pursuing is a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. The driving force behind me entering the program is to make systemic changes in education pertaining to the mistreatment and the underrepresentation of Black students in K-12 schools.

Why did you choose UNC Charlotte over other universities?

I chose UNC Charlotte over other institutions because of previous colleagues' experiences with the C&I program at UNC Charlotte. I heard great things about the faculty and wanted to experience the program for myself. Since being a part of the Niner family, I have received a plethora of opportunities related to my career.

What lessons have you learned in your courses that you could apply on the job?

Currently, I serve as the Division Chair of Education at Clinton College. This is a new role for me, as I was a full-time student for the past two years. What I am learning is to balance time management. It can be stressful, but it is important to set deadlines for yourself, prioritize your work and check your calendar regularly.

What has been the best part of your academic experience so far? 

The best part of my academic process has been the ability to network with different individuals in education while focusing on scholarship, service and teaching.

How would you describe UNC Charlotte to someone considering a graduate program?

I would describe UNC Charlotte as an experience. However, each person's experience is different. The distinction lies in seeking out communities that should lead to connections and networks.

What do you hope to accomplish this year in your role as an ambassador?

As an ambassador, I hope to continue to inspire, conquer and achieve the mission and goals of UNC Charlotte. Furthermore, I hope to continue building partnerships within the UNC community.

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