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Join the 29 Step Challenge: Finish Your Dissertation in 1,078 Hours or Less!

The Journey Before You:  29 Steps!

Outlined in  

Foss, Sonja K., and William Waters.
 Destination Dissertation:A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.

So,  I have, most often in moments that are nestled somewhere in between panic and procrastination, read and reviewed at least a few dozen self-help books that claim to explain ‘How to Write Your Dissertation’, usually fast.   One panic stricken day, full of anxiety and overwhelm, I saw this book – the destination diss covercover and catchy title is perhaps the reason why I never picked it up before.   But I was desperate and my pride, which was now a mound of defeat and worry,  was put aside and I grabbed the book.   I glanced over the  Contents;  then after noting some promising titles and subtitles, I jumped passed the usual ‘thank you everyone and the kitchen sink section’, and  started to swiftly scan the introductory Chapter One:  Preparing to Go:  The dissertation Journey.

As corny as the title may seem, I found myself slowing down and reading each sentence, each line, every word.  Okay, so as is the case with many academics – regardless of which step or how many years or how much affluence – I rarely neither take the time nor thought it wise to read anything this slowly or with so much interest and purpose, at least since grade school and perhaps The Catcher and Rye.  The conversational and witty style of Foss and Waters presents the journey of the dissertation in a smart yet assessable fashion.  They are both funny and poignant, and often ‘throwout’ direct ‘digs’ on the usual existence of an ABD – wagging war against procrastination and excuses.  Their humor which – aside from the intentions of the author – makes for an enjoyable read! Oh, and you won’t feel like you are a moron – at least not one that is alone on your journey!

Now, let’s get to the point.  Like any good research scientist,  I have decided to do an experiment.  I want to get a random sample (all of you) and another sample directly from my department (I will more fully be able to account for certain variables) and test this 29 Step Method.
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Great Colleges to Work For 2013 – 6th Annual Survey

So I have a PhD, now what?

Great Colleges to Work For 2013

Provided By The Chronicle for Higher Education 


6th annualchronHere are 97 Great Colleges to Work For in 2013, as rated by their faculty and staff. In the Chronical for Higher Education’s sixth annual survey, nearly 45,000 employees evaluated their colleges in 12 categories, such as job satisfaction, teaching environment, and career development. You can read the complete list of colleges, see exceptional performers on the Honor Roll, search particular categories, compare institutions, and learn about their methodology on the Chronicle’s website.

The survey shows, among many things, how important respect and work-life balance are to employees. And a series of news features focuses on how colleges use strong tenure policies, transparent leadership, and flexible work schedules to improve their work environments.

Evaluating Success on the Job

How do academics measure job satisfaction? For many faculty members, there’s more to success than the typical markers of promotions, tenure, raises, and publications. They want to know that they’re making a difference. That’s also true for administrators. While they must often meet numerical goals for fund raising and enrollment counts, many administrators tell us they find satisfaction working behind the scenes, helping others achieve their goals.

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11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination

old-alarm-vector-sketch-clock-30326612You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier. The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps which I use to overcome procrastination with great success.

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Hello world!


Why do we choose to get a research PhD? Why do we choose this life?  Sometimes I really wish I would have listened to my mother and just went to Med School and became a practicing doctor.  But, Alas – here I am finishing my doctorate in Archaeology – 12 years in and wondering why.  So, here is a blog cropped-Daily-Academiclogo2-01.pngabout that will strive to address the – who, what, when, where, why, and how of of life in the academy.  But, what I really am most interested in are the grays in a world that is often presented in black and white – you know the space between the the double space. So aside from the tips and quips, advice and reviews, comments and criticisms, I will strive to write explications in an effort to illuminate and explore the cracks and crevices of the pillars we all so admire (presented as short essays – be they satires, biographical, or journalistic).  I welcome all those in academia –  peers, superiors, students, administrators, etc. – to comment, join my newsletter, and join the Daily Academic as a contributing or reviewing member.   If you would like to request the newsletter (which will have it’s first circulation next month) or becoming a reviewer or contributor, please email me at

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