Date of Award

Summer 8-31-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Penny Bryan

Second Advisor

Kris Tunac De Pedro

Third Advisor

Lilia Monzo

Fourth Advisor

Glenn Allen Phillips


Operation Transition is an excavation of the experiences of Post-9/11 combat Marines, who have been Honorably Discharged, as their transition to civilian and student life. The work of Operation Transition was conducted with a group of Marines, called The Unit, and presents the variety of stories that exist among Veterans, beyond the highly publicized and limiting narratives of Hero, Wounded Warrior, or Killer. The fictive piece represents the experiences of transition that illuminate a civilian privileged higher education system and society-at-large. Operation Transition exemplifies and acknowledges that value of stories for understanding and community building. As such, Operation Transition, which includes critical pedagogy and narrative inquiry, concludes that in order for improvements to be made in higher education, both those in the academy and Veterans need to listen to each other’s stories, with humility and respect, so they can understand each other, honor each other, and work together to make change.

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