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The Learner Research Network names Dr. Erin Hager Henthorne ‘Emerging Scholar’


WALESKA, GA (March 9, 2020) –

By Jordan Beach

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  When Dr. Erin Hager Henthorne submitted a proposal to the 27th International Conference on Learning as part of her dissertation, she doubted her acceptance. Now she’ll present her higher education research as an “Emerging Scholar” at the conference in Spain this summer.

 The Learner Research Network awarded Henthorne with the “Emerging Scholar” title to honor her work as a graduate student, one of two recipients in the United States to date. Henthorne serves as an adjunct faculty member and as the administrative assistant to Trey Drawdy, dean of the School of Professional Studies, Criminal Justice program coordinator and Police Academy director. In July 2019, the Dallas, Georgia resident, earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership of Higher Education from Union University.

 “Receiving the Emerging Scholar Award is exciting and awe-inspiring,” said Henthorne. “Receiving this award means my research is important and worthwhile because it is a passion of mine as I was an online student for most of my college career. Being an Emerging Scholar provides an international platform for me to discuss this important issue of online retention with other academics to discover different perspectives on the issue and generate creative solutions that I hopefully can bring back to Reinhardt University.”

 A year after earning her doctorate, Henthorne will travel to the University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain to present her dissertation research, “Retaining Online Students: Engagement Indicators that Contribute to the Retention of Undergraduate Students in Online Programs at Traditional 4-Year Institutions,” as a themed paper presentation. Henthorne will additionally lead discussions, chair parallel sessions and assist in session rooms as an Emerging Scholar.

 “My dissertation research is practical in nature. I focused on the institutional factors that contribute to the retention of online undergraduate college students at traditional four-year institutions. I wanted to focus on those factors as a means for the institution to implement in unique ways in order to address and increase student retention, as online retention is significantly lower than retention for on-campus students nationally.”

 The Learner Research Network bestowed a small numb