Welcome to Doctor Tales!

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


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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Academic Conferences and Vegan Dining

November is World Vegan Month. In celebration of food, let’s talk about vegan dining at academic conferences. An academic wrote about the food choices at a small conference. The menu served only deli meat sandwiches, and the academic was a vegan. The person asked for a meat-free meal and was told it was “neither important nor possible.”

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Food Policy 101: Part 2

Welcome back to Today’s Policies – Tomorrow’s Food. To learn about food policy, we should understand its basic concepts. I won’t bore you with food policy jargon, but some knowledge of food policy concepts is useful. Food policy might seem intangible, but it is critical to our survival. This week’s FP 101 series is a guide to food policy concepts.

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Teaching Tips: Prison and Organic Classrooms

I found an interesting blog about teaching in a non-traditional setting: prison. Three academics challenged themselves to team-teaching undergraduates in prison. Rebuilding your teaching style can be a wonderful learning experience.

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Food Policy 101: Part 1

Food policies are the regulations that determine our food system. Examples include regulations for food production, price, variety, transport, distribution, access, quality, food safety, and who grows our food. It’s true that food policy (FP) is complex  – there is no umbrella FP for every community every where.

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Social Media Tips for Academics

Social media (SM) can be a time waster or a resource for academics. How do academics use social media?  Is social media even a tool for scholars? If it is, how do you find time to use SM? What is the real value of SM for academics?

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Creative Careers: Public Intellectual

Public intellectual. A what? How many people have ever heard of one? My guess is probably not many.  A public intellectual (PI) is an expert of sorts.  And while a PI is likely to be a PhD or doctoral student, academia might not be their only home.

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Tomorrow’s Food – Today’s Policies

Welcome!  To celebrate World Food Day on October 16, I’m releasing my new blog called Tomorrow’s Food – Today’s Policies or TFTP for short. My name is Bessie DiDomenica, a PhD in urban food policy and food systems. Let’s explore the challenges of feeding people, learn about local food systems, and unravel solutions for our future survival. We all have to eat and we need a resilient plan for animals and tomorrow’s generations of eaters.

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