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

This was my dissertation proposal hearing… [VIDEO]

As many of you know, a couple of months ago I had my dissertation proposal hearing.  For social science dissertations, after one completes their first three chapters, they present it to their committee for approval.  The first three chapters typically include an introduction, a review of literature, and your methodology (how you intend to conduct your study). The proposal hearing, at least in our department, involves a brief 10 minute presentation by the student followed by feedback and Q&A with the committee (typically three faculty members).  This portion lasts as long as… Read More

A DIVORCE Letter to my Dissertation

The power of digital technology allows one to impact others and make connections in sometimes unexpected ways. My “love letter” to my dissertation struck a chord with many and inspired Doreen Hettich-Atkins to write her own “divorce” letter to her dissertation. The PhD journey is intensely personal, but there are always unspoken common experiences that anyone who has undertaken this process goes through.  Here’s an alternate take on that journey: Dear Dissertation: I wanted to write a letter to you to let you know that I want a divorce.   We spent 3 years together plus another… Read More