Where do dissertations go when they die?

It’s done. Congratulations! That dissertation you’ve stressed over for months… that you’ve labored over for years… It’s finally complete. You’ve uploaded it to a database, or submitted it to the library, and there it sits. New knowledge. Waiting for discovery. Put on that fancy new robe and stride across the stage. After you pick up your diploma, go ahead and drop your dissertation in the bottomless pit to the left. The sad fact is, your dissertation will likely never be read, remembered, or referenced. If you have a really supportive mom, she… Read More

10 Questions To Think About Before Starting That PhD

Getting a PhD is not a decision to take lightly.  Having been a full-time student for three and a half years now, I wanted to share some of the questions I think you need to ask yourself before you apply and begin in order to be set up for success. If you can successfully answer all of these questions, then maybe a doctorate is right for you.  These questions \ apply to most PhDs, however I want to acknowledge that I am coming from a higher education doctorate perspective.  Some of them may make more… Read More

Are you developmentally ready for that PhD?

Starting PhD work isn’t something to be taken lightly.  First, there are the logistics: Is it the right time in your career to start a PhD? Do you have the time and money to dedicate to it? What program do you chose? For what purpose?  Are you seeking an executive-type program or a research-focused program? The second set of questions, however, are some that I think are too often overlooked: Are you ready for the rigor and level of thinking required? Are you at a place in your developmental journey to maximize… Read More