Tag Archives: Graduate School

What Makes an Excellent Dissertation?

What is an excellent dissertation? It is not, as many students initially think, a document to revolutionize education. It is a culminating product that allows one to demonstrate his or her ability to address a significant problem, synthesize information around that problem, develop arguments and a rationale for a study or project in a clear […]

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The Elephant in the Hallway: Promises for Peer Review of Teaching in Higher Education

I believe that I am a “good teacher.” On most days when I teach I am fully present, minutes never pass slowly, and I am dancing in concert with ideas, actions, and my students. My professional identity is strongly tied to my belief that I am a good teacher, but the evidence I have to […]

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Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Transitioning to College–What’s Promising? What’s Challenging?

This is my 20th year working in the field of homeless education and I’ve witnessed tremendous change. While the general public may not see the face of a child when they hear the word, “homeless,” many educators do. Gone are the days when I would offer training on homeless education and find the room nearly […]

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Homeless College Students: An Invisible Population

The first time a student told me she was homeless, I was, perhaps naively, surprised. It had not occurred to me that people who were in college and working toward a degree might have precarious housing arrangements. Since that time, I have encountered approximately one student per term who chooses to share his/her housing insecurity […]

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The Rabbit, the Fox, and the Wolf

Just before I switched to my current advisor a little over halfway through my program, I received this from him in an email: The Rabbit, the Fox, and the Wolf One sunny day a rabbit came out of her hole in the ground to enjoy the fine weather. The day was so nice that she […]

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Next Steps Continued …

Here we go with the last 4 of my 8 suggestions for the job app process. The first four are here. Be patient … but don’t forget. I’ve learned that the process of hearing back from various positions in the academy can be slow (if you hear back at all). It is important to be […]

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Next Steps …

In my last post I talked about successfully defending my dissertation. In this post I turn to a discussion of what happens now. So I might be in the majority or the minority of recent dissertation completers (I am not sure) but I did not secure a job prior to finishing my dissertation. Because I […]

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The End of My Beginning …

Last Monday, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation almost four years to the day that I started my Ph.D. program. It has been quite a ride. As I entered the room with the nationally known researchers, past university presidents, and research organization heads, I couldn’t help but feel honored to be there sharing about the […]

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You’ve Written (or Are Writing) a Dissertation … So What?

We talk so much about research questions—what qualifies as a good question, whether the question implies a certain research methodology, what are the right words to use, etc. Yet, at the end of the day there’s one question that trumps even the research question(s). It is important to ask … so what? What’s significant about […]

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Graduate Students in Debt & the Money Taboo

Last month I wrote a post about the newly released documentary, Ivory Tower. My post (and the film) was primarily concerning the student debt crisis facing higher education in general with a focus on the rise in student loan debt of undergraduate students in recent decades. But, what was not addressed in the film was […]

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