Book Review: The Professor Is In – The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into A Job

The essential guide to turning your Ph.D. into a job! When I was offered the chance to review a book with that subtitle, just weeks before I was to receive my Ph.D., I jumped at the chance. Dr. Karen Kelsky wrote this book after spending time in academia as a tenured professor and then department head, later […]

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Dissertation Announcement: How Students Communicate With Faculty Outside of Class

The day I’ve been looking forward to for over five years is almost here! On Wednesday, September 9, I’ll defend my dissertation. The long, academic title written for databases and nerds is: An Examination of the Relationship Between the Communication Methods Used in Out-of-Class Student-Faculty Interactions and the Content and Frequency of Those Interactions For […]

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Expect More in Student Affairs

Ok, don’t worry. I’m not writing a blog post about working more hours or adding more programs to your already busy life in student affairs world. Everyone take a deep and cleansing breath. There. That’s better. Over the past year I have spent on my dissertation research, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview professionals […]

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Umwelt & Umbegung: How Much Of Our Reality Remains Hidden?

This entry was originally posted on my summer institute blog, a collection of reflections on my summer doctoral coursework. One hot Sunday afternoon in July, Dr. Tony Frontier introduced my class to the concept of the umwelt (the small subset of the world an animal is able to sense) and the umgebung (the bigger reality), […]

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The Long & Winding Road To My Research Question

I’ve heard the dissertation process referenced as a “long and winding road.” Well, I just settled on my research question (I hope) and I already feel like the road has been quite long. Here’s how it evolved. Admissions Essay January 2010 I’d like to spend time exploring my interest in student engagement with social media…I […]

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Why I’m Pursuing A Ph.D.

I found this infographic over on Jeff Jackson’s blog.  It made me think about why I’m pursuing a Ph.D., a degree that only 1% of of the 25+ US population has.  Specifically, why am I pursuing one before my 30th birthday?  Before starting a family?  My program emphasizes reflection, so I’ve thought about this a […]

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