We sat down with Dr. Greenlinger recently to ask a few questions about what it was like to earn his degree.
The Pawprint: We’ve heard it takes forever to become a doctor, how long did it take you?
Dr. Greenlinger: I’ve been taking classes for the last three years at CSUN, every Wednesday from 4-10 and occasional Saturdays.
The Pawprint: You are a principal, don’t you know everything already? What more could you possibly learn?
Dr. Greenlinger: My research focused on the leadership practices of Baby Boomer Superintendents in relation to their support of Millennial Principals. I chose this area to research because I am a Millennial Principal and I am interested in helping principals and superintendents have successful working relationships in order for them to provide students with the best learning opportunities. I studied principals and superintendents from two other districts in Ventura County.
The Pawprint: Wow. Was it fun?
Dr. Greenlinger: I enjoyed the process of research and I have carried over many of my research skills into the way I approach problems at school.
The Pawprint: Did you have a lot of homework?
Dr. Greenlinger: My dissertation is 116 pages long and has just under 28,000 words. My data collection included 9 hours of interviews, which-when transcribed- were over 40 pages long. (After the first interview I decided to hire a transcriber.)
The Pawprint: That sounds like a lot of hard work. Now that it’s over, what are you going to do with all your free time?
Dr. Greenlinger: Though I LOVE being in school, I am ready to take a break and be able to spend a bit more time being with my family and sleeping. I’m also looking forward to reading books for pleasure, as opposed to textbooks and assigned readings.
The Pawprint: Any other fun facts you can share with us?
Dr. Greenlinger: I am the second Dr. Greenlinger; my dad received his Ed.D. from Pepperdine in 2005.