Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Christina Kane, Ed.D., MS, OTR/L


Academia by definition is “an environment or community concerned with pursuing research, education, and scholarship” (Oxford Languages, n.d.). In higher education, such as graduate-level studies, academia is a system fostering the growth in knowledge and practicality of students aiming to be of professional standing, however, academia from a full-time faculty member standpoint is to also be a life-long learner and pursuer of knowledge as well. My doctoral capstone experience (DCE) took place under the guidance of Christina Kane, EdD, MS, OTR/L, a full-time faculty member at Nova Southeastern University where she acts as Doctoral Capstone Coordinator, Academic Professor, and Advisor to the Students in her professional role. Within the academic umbrella, Dr. Kane has three emphasized structures defined under her responsibilities including 1) teaching, 2) scholarship, and 3) service. With Dr. Kane, I worked alongside her to complete her administrative tasks including admission processes, course instruction, content modifications, assignment grading, home assessments, advocation for recommendations of underprivileged clients through seeking community resources, etc.


*References Available Upon Request.

An honorable thank you to Dr. Christina Kane, the faculty and students of NSU Tampa Bay’s OTD Program, Seniors in Service Health Buddies, & the team of Rebuilding Together for their ongoing support, respect, & inclusion.

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