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Welcome to Doctor Tales!

Welcome! Doctor Tales is a new blog to help doctoral students succeed during and beyond their academic journeys.

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Welcome! Doctor Tales is a new blog to help doctoral students succeed during and beyond their academic journeys. We are Dr. Bessie DiDomenica (PhD) and Dr. Patricia Mason (DBA), two doctors who took the journey. We recently earned our doctoral degrees and offer our strategies for other doctoral candidates to succeed.

We also embrace our new roles as scholar-practitioners, and encourage others to take their education beyond the classroom.

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Avoid Mistakes on Your Dissertation Journey

Recently, I heard from a friend working on his dissertation. Last I heard from him was several months ago. At that time he was excited because he submitted his prospectus. An approved prospectus means that you can officially start your dissertation.

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What You Didn’t Know About Corruption in Higher Education

Corruption in higher education. You may have heard of it, but did you know it is a global problem? Yes, global.

Educational corruption can happen anywhere – from the undergraduate to the graduate level. Corruption includes plagiarism, degree mills, bribery, embezzlement, inconsistent hiring practices, and fraud.

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Academic Reality in a Four-Letter Word

Last week, I read a blog about loss and the end of a dream. It was written by an academic who was struggling to re-invent himself. He was a talented physicist who described his 14-year journey from undergraduate to PhD to postdoc research. But suddenly the journey ended. He would not reach his dream of becoming a tenured physics professor. He was a failure.

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A Perilous Path: The Misguided Foreign Policy of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry

Welcome to the new Book Reviews section of the Doctor Tales blog! Dr. Patti and I are avid readers and from time to time, we will offer book reviews on topics of interest. For example, I like to understand different areas of public policy, including foreign policy.

As a policy wonk, I’ll kick off our new series with a review of a book on American foreign policy called A Perilous Path: The Misguided Foreign Policy of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry by Dr. Anne R. Pierce.

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In the Driver’s Seat: Be Proactive

I recently moved to a new job, and thought about the whole transition process. Part of that process includes planning, reaching out, and asking for help. But a bigger part of transitioning is doing the hard work. That means to be your own advocate, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews, and close the deal.

In thinking about all this, a woman from my last job said she also wanted to make a change. I helped her with online resources to update her computer skills, writing, organizational, and overall administrative skills. From there, it was up to her.

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Find the Fast Lane to Your PhD

Do you really want a doctoral degree? Are you hoping to contribute to your field? Or are you looking for something to build your prestige? Can you withstand (literally) years of uncertainty? Can you live with not knowing if you will finish your program?

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A Tale of Terror in Academia

This week, I read an article about a disturbing situation in the world of academia: cyberbullying  or the use of electronic technology to post comments, pictures, videos, and rumors on social media sites.

The article describes a case of academic cyberbullying. A program director of an online program was threatened with violence – she was threatened with rape.

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