May 27, 2022
What Happens When You Submit Your Dissertation?

Think you’ve hit the finish line when you finally finish your full dissertation draft? Well … not quite. You actually have many more steps before you finally get to call your dissertation journey finished. Here’s a handy infographic of what to expect.

May 27, 2022
Five Ways to Prepare for the Academic Job Market

No matter how good your research is, finding an academic job can be challenging. Especially in the wake of pandemic-related hiring freezes and funding cuts, competition for faculty positions and tenure-track roles is fierce. However, there are steps you can take to maximize your competitiveness in the academic job market. In this post, I share […]

May 26, 2022
How Dissertation Students Can Seek Graduate Teaching Experience to Succeed in the Academic Job Market

Are you wondering whether teaching during your graduate degree is worth the time, stress, and extra work? If so, then the answer is a resounding “yes,” because teaching experience is one important key to success in the academic job market. Most faculty positions are built on three core pillars: research, service, and teaching. Anyone can […]

May 20, 2022
Understanding the Peer Review Process

Peer review is essential. Without peer review, the whole structure of academia would crumble. In this article, you’ll learn: Most credible academic journals and publishers utilize the peer review process to ensure the quality and credibility of their publications (we’ll discuss why in a moment). If you want your work to be out there, you’re […]

May 13, 2022
What to Look for in an Awesome Dissertation Supervisor (and What to Ask For)

As a coach, I’ve noticed that one of the top pain points my students struggle with is finding the right dissertation supervisor. The right dissertation supervisor can be highly motivating and supporting, while a poor one can make the research and writing processes extremely difficult. Most new students look for a dissertation supervisorwho will be […]

May 11, 2022
Your Guide to Graduate Studies in Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature is one of the fastest-growing and most popular fields of graduate study worldwide. Learn More ↗ After all, who wouldn’t want to spend their graduate years diving back into childhood favorites? That’s why I chose to enter this field, way back in 2005, when I began my children’s literature PhD. The thought of […]

April 29, 2022
Understanding The Dissertation Defense Process

If you’re approaching the final weeks of your dissertation writing journey, you may be wondering about the process for approaching and completing your defense. Exactly what happens after you hit the “submit” button, and how soon will you be able to flaunt your new title? You may unaware that there is still some work ahead […]

April 29, 2022
How to Create an Academic Website

Photo by on Unsplash Creating an academic website is a great way to showcase your research, share your personal experiences of academia, and encourage others within your research community to reach out and stay in touch. A personal academic website can also serve as your digital portfolio, offering potential employers easy access to your […]

April 22, 2022
How to Get Motivated When Your Dissertation Deadline is Approaching

When you have a dissertation deadline approaching, it can be challenging to keep motivated. In fact, the closer the finish line looms, the harder it gets to stay focused and enthusiastic. Anything but sitting down to work starts to look attractive. (I often used to find myself really interested in dealing with the laundry backlog.) […]

April 21, 2022
Getting Started with Your Dissertation Literature Review

The key to getting started with your dissertation literature review is to understand the purpose that underlies this critical section of your thesis. In this post, you’ll learn: One of the most frequent concerns I see with my new students is that the literature review can seem a daunting and potentially endless task. How do […]

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