Lessons of an Advisor

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As you’ve noticed, I’ve not blogged in a while.  Not only have I started a new Assistant Professor gig , but I’ve also adopted a newborn son in recent weeks.  Entering parenthood for the first time is so fun and joyous and sleep depriving all at once!  However, I’d like to get back in the habit of blogging regularly as I’ve mentioned before this helps me accomplish more academic writing in other projects.  And most importantly, hopefully something here will help you.

Being in this full-time role exposes me to things that are non-issues as an adjunct faculty member.  Continue reading

Prepping for the Final Defense

It all felt so surreal the other day.  I was driving to campus to obtain signatures from my committee members so I could post my dissertation announcement around the department.  My final dissertation defense is scheduled for next week!  Wait a second…let me say that one more time slowly:  I…will…defend…my…dissertation…next…week!

The last three and a half years will come down to one last presentation.

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Dissertation Interruptus: Seven Cautionary Tales

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A guest post by Noelle Sterne.

From my longtime academic coaching and editing practice guiding doctoral candidates through the peaks and gullies of completing their dissertations, I have noticed that women in doctoral programs can easily become diverted by compassion for others in trouble. Well-meaning decisions and actions may result in calamitous consequences to a dissertation.

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