January 27, 2022
A Review of “Get Real and Get In” by Dr. Aviva Legatt

I am super excited to share my recently published review of Get Real and Get In – A fantastic new college prep guide by Dr. Aviva Legatt. Are you currently applying to a dissertation program, or do you know someone else who is? Here’s a quick summary of what’s to love in this guide. What’s […]

January 26, 2022
How to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed by Dissertation Writing

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when the task of writing 10,000+ words of dissertation report content looms before you. Here are my top tips for making the task feel more manageable. Tip 1: Make a Writing Plan You can make any task feel more manageable by breaking it down into smaller chunks, and dissertation writing […]

January 25, 2022
Preparing for Peer Review

Being asked to peer review for the first time is immensely gratifying—what greater proof is needed that your work is out there, being read and appreciated and getting your name known in the field? However, if like most of us you have yourself experienced the cutting tongue of a reviewer in the past, being faced […]

January 23, 2022
Should You Hire an Academic Editor for Your Final Dissertation Draft?

You may be wondering whether it’s really worth the extra time and expense to hire an academic editor for your final dissertation draft. By the time you reach the stage of researching and writing your dissertation, you are already a pretty good writer. You have kick-ass ideas, a fascinating thesis, and a thorough understanding of […]

January 22, 2022
What is Theory and How to Use it in Your Dissertation

A key question for many dissertation students just getting started on their proposals is, “what is theory in dissertations, anyway?” A post on the topic of “what is theory” could expand to fill a whole book – and indeed, many books have been written on this topic. This post is your quick intro guide to […]

January 20, 2022
Goal Setting for Doctoral Students

One key strategy for avoiding burnout as a dissertation student is to set yourself doctorate goals. However, goal setting involves more than just making a to-do list. Read on for a quick explanation of how goals help, how to write goals, and what to do if you don’t manage to achieve your goals as expected. […]

January 17, 2022
What’s Trending in Children’s Literature Research in 2021?

Wondering about topics for your children’s literature dissertation or your next children’s literature research project? Here’s a quick peek at what’s trending in children’s literature studies this year. Visual Literacy Children’s studies offers great scope for exploring the interplay between text and image, from picture books and graphic novels, to book illustrations, toy packaging and […]

January 16, 2022
What to Include in Your Academic CV/Resumé

If you want a job in academia, a strong academic CV/resumé is crucial to your success. This document is your first introduction to the hiring committee, so it is essential to make sure it provides them with a clear and easy-to-follow summary of everything they are looking for. Most academic hiring committees work within strict […]

January 15, 2022
Quick Tips for Successful Syllabus Design

With so much of – well, everything – getting done online these days, there is more and more call for effective online educational materials. Whether you are teaching chemistry to undergraduates online or preparing online onboarding training courses for new hires, having an effective syllabus is one way to ensure that your students get the […]

January 15, 2022
Introducing Positioning Pooh

I am so excited that a piece I wrote recently for the ChLA International Committee on my recent publication, Positioning Pooh, is now live on their site! Here’s a quick sneak preview… “When I first saw the CFP in a ChLA newsletter in 2016 for someone to pull together a Winnie-the-Pooh centennial collection, it was […]

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