Entering a doctoral program can be an important first step in advancing your career. You will create a network of support that will include professors, intern advisors, and others who will have a vested interest in your success. From this support group will emerge one or more mentors who will guide you to successful completion of your program and get you on track in meeting new challenges in your career and life. The purpose of this book is to help you look more broadly at the doctoral experience from choosing a program to coursework to passing your comprehensive exams to doing dissertation research and writing to graduation and beyond. The authors take you backstage in a conversational way to avoid pitfalls and ensure success each step of the way.
Michael D. Brubaker is assistant professor and academic coordinator of the Substance Abuse Counseling Program in the School of Human Services in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati. Dale L. Brubaker is emeritus professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Part 1 Stage I: Preparing the Way Chapter 2 1. Following Your Dream: An Assessment of Self and Your Resources Chapter 3 2. Applying to a Doctoral Program Part 4 Stage II: How to Thrive in Your Doctoral Program Chapter 5 3. Composing Inner Curriculum and Influencing Outer Curriculum in Doctoral Study Chapter 6 4. Graduate Assistantships, Internships, and Fellowships Chapter 7 5. Comprehensive Examinations Chapter 8 6. Dissertation Research and Writing Part 9 Stage III: Graduation and Beyond: The Difference You Can Make Now That You Have a Doctorate Chapter 10 7. Reaching a Wider Audience Part 11 Appendixes Chapter 12 Appendix ABringing Coherence to the Body of Work You've Done in Preparation for Doctoral Study Chapter 13 Appendix B Selecting a Doctoral Program Chapter 14 Appendix C The Power of Critique Chapter 15 Appendix DThe "Table Manners" of Doctoral Student Leadership Chapter 16 Appendix E Dealing with Contradictions in a Doctoral Program Chapter 17 Appendix F Working Alone and Working As a Team Member Chapter 18 Appendix G A Personal Leadership Conservation and Change Inventory Chapter 19 Appendix H Identifying the Traits of Outstanding Leaders Encountered During My Doctoral Program Chapter 20 Appendix I How Good and Comfortable Are You As a Speaker and Listener? Chapter 21 Appendix J A Conversation with Seymour B. Sarason About the Creation and Dynamics of the Dissertation Committee Chapter 22 Appendix KThe Dissertation Writer's Tool Box Chapter 23 Appendix L Example of a Traditional Table of Contents for a Dissertation Chapter 24 Appendix M Giving Your Dissertation a Title and Subtitle in Relation to the Definitions Section of the Dissertation Chapter 25 Appendix N Trouble Shooting the Dissertation Chapter 26 Appendix O The Case for Reflective Action in Dissertation Writing Chapter 27 Appendix P Note Taking as an Important Part of the Research and Writing Process Chapter 28 Appendix Q Checklist for Shaping and/or Refining Your Dissertation