Practicing Your Craft

One of my takeaways from graduate school was that we learned to be scholar-practitioners. Dr. Patti and I continue to transition into our new roles: to conduct research and write as scholars. But the practitioner part is not an easy transition. This part requires an active, conscious effort to apply new knowledge to practice your craft.

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The Accidental PhD

When I started my academic journey many moons ago, earning my PhD was barely a flickering light. Actually, I wanted to go to college because my brother did. I figured if he could do it, then college must be a cool thing. The PhD part was a distant side journey. Or did I get here by accident?

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The Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

Last weekend, I went to the Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC). This annual event is in its fifth year and continues to engage people in the multi-sector urban farming community.

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Trends In Lifelong Learning

Technology continues to change everything in our lives, from shopping to entertainment to educating our families. Lifelong learning (LLL) is an evolving process. Wherever you are in the pipeline, technology will influence how you take in new information and ideas. I looked into a few LLL trends and thought about my experience with online learning.

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Checklist To Start Your Dissertation Journey

Dr. Patti and I talk a lot about finishing your dissertation. Recently I found other blogs that gives advice from the other end: Things to know before you start your doctorate. I discovered some interesting and shared ideas to survive your dissertation journey.

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Write to the Finish Line

Have you ever had a brain freeze when you start writing your dissertation and just stared at your computer screen? Your brain freezes because you don’t know what to write. This is a common pattern for most students in general. It’s clearly a weak starting point – writing is the foundation of your dissertation. Writing is how you get to the finish line.

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Dissertation Process: A Snapshot

Dr. Patti and I have talked a lot about our dissertation journey. Some of you may be in middle of yours. Or maybe you haven’t started yet. The process starts on the first day of class, because the goal is to start and finish your dissertation. Not an easy task for sure. But it’s exciting and doable. So here’s a primer or a quick snapshot of what it looks like.

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