How To Pick a Dissertation Topic

At the start of my dissertation journey, I had a general idea of what I wanted to study: sustainability. Sustainability is a big word with many definitions – here are over 100 definitions of sustainability.

Sustainability is a complex idea that allowed me to explore different areas of interest: environmental, cultural, social, economic, agriculture, urban planning, organizational, structural, etc.

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The Upside of Higher Ed Downsizing

The other day I took a peek at my groups on Linkedin. Some groups send weekly newsletters and emails to the members. But it was time for my weekly check in to see what’s going on. What’s happening at my Alma mater?

I happened to find a post on my Walden University group. As you know, Dr. Patti Mason and I are alums from Walden University. We struggled together to get our doctorates – Walden will always have a special place in our hearts.

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What I Learned From My ESL Students

Last summer I taught my first class. The regular teacher wanted the summer off and the academic writing class fell in my lap.

That was fine with me – it was a good fit because I finished my doctorate and scholarly writing was fresh in my mind. The challenge was to teach academic writing to adult ESL students.

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How To Overcome Challenges in Online Learning

Like many adults, Dr. Bessie DiDomenica and I are lifelong learners. We continue to learn new ways to keep our minds active by working on joint projects with colleagues and other researchers. We find opportunities to present our ideas to academics and the general public. And we continue to publish articles in scholarly journals.

Dr. Bessie and I faced many challenges in graduate school. How did we overcome them? What did we learn from our online experience?

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Benefits of A Doctoral Degree

It’s a great feeling to earn a doctoral degree of any kind – PhD, DBA, DNP, DVM, DSW. Yes, it’s a great feeling for sure. Just think – you can call yourself ‘doctor’, add a new set of letters to your business card, and update your LinkedIn profile with a new title. But what are the real benefits of a doctoral degree in your next career?

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Smart Moves and Career Choices

May and June is the graduation season for many colleges and universities. It’s a time for new graduates to look ahead to career options, time off, or preparation for graduate school. How you apply your education is up to you.

Dr. Patti Mason and I believe in getting the maximum value for the time, money, and energy we spent in school. But we realize that education is not for everyone. If you’re  in career transition mode, here’s a look at some smart moves and career choices for graduate students in any discipline.

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Education: Inspiration On The Road

As our regular readers know, Dr. Patti Mason and I are alumni from Walden University. Dr. Patti earned her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) specializing in leadership and social change from the School of Management. I earned my PhD in public policy specializing in policy analysis, sustainable communities, and public management and leadership from the School of Public Policy and Administration.

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