My Writing Workflow: Dissertation Dispatch

Writing is happening. I am currently plugging away at my dissertation proposal. I know this varies from department to department, so I will quickly give the run-down of what I understand to be the expectations of my department, adviser, and committee for this document. In terms of length, I’ve seen a big variation with the… Continue reading My Writing Workflow: Dissertation Dispatch

Festival of Awkward: First Committee Meeting

According to my  handbook and my advisor, an initial gathering of my committee would have a few, relatively painless elements: I would discuss my career goals, talk about my research interests, and end up with a plan of courses I pledge to take over the duration of my program.  So in the past weeks, I… Continue reading Festival of Awkward: First Committee Meeting

Introducing the Festival of Awkward Series

As my loyal readers know, I am currently participating in graduate program.  When I began said program, I had hoped to use this blogging space to discuss the things I am learning and thinking about, as well as some of the ways I have figured out to read better, write better, or work better (also… Continue reading Introducing the Festival of Awkward Series

Mamacademic: how I hack parenthood, grad school, etc

Last week  I had the pleasure and privilege of participating in the Digital Media and Learning: Designing Learning Futures conference in Long Beach.  What was striking to me as a first-year female grad student was that this was the first time I had seen evidence of the fact that not only are we women represented… Continue reading Mamacademic: how I hack parenthood, grad school, etc

#Jobs4Phds or Finding a Job Outside of Academia

Yesterday, the MSU Grad School hosted an event called “How to Find a Job Outside Academia, Even if You Aren’t Sure that You Want One.” The speaker was Dr. Susan Basalla, co-author with Dr. Maggie Debelius of “So What Are  You Going to Do with That?” Finding Jobs Outside Academia. Clearly, this whole question has… Continue reading #Jobs4Phds or Finding a Job Outside of Academia