ESCC’s Moore Earns Doctorate


Emily Moore, Assistant Professor of English and Communication Studies at Eastern Shore Community College, graduated with her PhD in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University Darden School of Education and Professional Studies on Friday, May 3rd, 2024.

Dr. Moore is Department Chair for Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities as well as an Assistant Professor of English and Communication Studies at ESCC. She earned her master’s degree at Old Dominion University and her bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.

As a doctoral candidate, she successfully defended her dissertation on April 26, 2024. The dissertation was titled Work-Life Balance Fantasy of Mothers Working in Community Colleges: A Glitch Methodology Using Artful, Intimate Inquiry. The dissertation committee included Dr. Laura Smithers (University of Nevada-Reno) Co-Chair, Dr. Mitchell R. Williams, Co-Chair, Dr. Charles Mathias, and Dr. Saralyn McKinnon-Crowley (Baylor University). 

In addition to her doctorate, Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education and Professional Studies (DCEPS) recognized Dr. Moore with the Leadership Award.  Dr. Moore was among 65 students honored during the DCEPS Student Awards Luncheon held on April 29th, celebrating students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and community involvement.

Dr. Moore with the Leadership Award presented by DCEPS.

Eastern Shore Community College President Dr. Jim Shaeffer commented on this achievement saying, “All of us at Your Eastern Shore Community College are so proud of Dr. Moore.  She has been the model for balancing school, work, and family.  We are simply so lucky to have her as part of our ESCC community.”

Reflecting on her dissertation, Dr. Moore shares that “In my research and life, I’ve found that no one truly feels balanced when working and mothering, so maybe that shouldn’t be the goal. Connection and support are vital, especially for working parents who are also students. I’ve been fortunate to be supported by ESCC as part of my village, and I’m passionate about paying it forward through my work.”

Dr. Moore resides on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with her husband Brandon, and their two children Henry and Audrey.  She has been a full-time instructor at ESCC since August of 2015.