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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences Edited by Keith Townsend, Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Griffith University, Australia, Mark N.K. Saunders, Professor of Business Research Methods, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK, Rebecca Loudoun, Senior Lecturer, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia and Emily Morrison, Assistant Professor of Human Services and Social Justice, Sociology Department, The George Washington University, US
The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.

Bringing together the voices of doctoral supervisors and candidates past and present from around the globe, How to Keep your Doctorate on Track will be a trusted companion for any PhD, DBA or EdD student. Supervisors and those offering support and guidance to doctoral candidates will also glean valuable insight into fresh approaches and their own practice.
Contributors include: C. Atkinson, F. Archontoulis, A. Alecsandru, A. Byrnes-Johnstone, J. Callahan, A. Casey, R. Cole, O.S. Crocco, M. Cseh, Z. Djebali, G. Dobson, J. Donaghey, D.C. Duke, U. Furnier, V.O. Gekara, T. Gray, T.W. Greer, A. Hallin, B. Harney, G. Henry, C. Hughes, P. Jordan, M. Knox, S.F. Lambert, A. Lee, Q.Y. Lee, A. Lobo, R. Markey, N.S. Mauthner, E. McDonald, L. McKerr, D. Nickson, K. Nimon, E. Partlow, H. Prescott, N. Reynolds, S. Riaz, A. Robertson, J. Robinson, K. Rosenbusch, G. Ryan, J.J. Saunders, M. Shirmohammadi, M.K. Tran, A. Trif, M. Valverde, P. Watson Black, V. Webster, R. Whiting, C.F. Wright
Contents:

List of Contributors

1. What we wish we had known: lessons learned to keep your doctorate on track
Rebecca Loudoun, Emily A. Morrison, Mark NK Saunders and Keith Townsend

PART I: CHOOSING THE RESEARCH TOPIC
2. Choosing your topic: a supervisor perspective
Jimmy Donaghey

3. Begin at the beginning: Identifying ideas for a PhD
Graeme Dobson

4. ‘I want to do it because I want to do it’: boarding flight PhD
Jemma Saunders

5. Asking “the” question
Emily McDonald

6. Whose doctorate is it anyway? How students and supervisors can work well together
Carol Atkinson and Keith Townsend

7. When an orchestra misses its harmony (or how I learnt to work with my supervisors)
Mai Khanh Tran

8. How much time do I get????
Peter Jordan

9. Views from the top and views from the valley: the paths of dissertation literature reviews
Maria Cseh

10. Critically reviewing the literature: the ghosts of literature present, past and future
Linzi McKerr

11. Reading Academic Papers: visiting and re-visiting old friends
Jennifer Robinson

12. Research philosophies and why they matter
Natasha S. Mauthner

13. Getting your research philosophy clear
Rosanna Cole

14. Changing philosophy (aka the only PhD is a finished PhD)
Brian Harney

15. Designing and conducting a quantitative study: lessons learned from work, home and school
Kim Nimon

16. Strategies for analyzing qualitative data: how to get started with making sense of all that material you’ve collected
Anette Hallin

17. Discovering statistics and developing a quantitative research design
Ursula Furnier

18. Mirror Mirror on the wall, how am I making sense of it all?
Merrel Knox

19. Too much of a good thing?
Keith Townsend

PART III: GETTING ON WITH IT
20. Critical feedback: Transforming criticisms into indispensable insights
Emily Morrison

21. “They think I’m stupid”: Dealing with supervisor feedback
Amanda Lee

22. No book or resource has all the answers
Rebeca Loudoun

23. “Hey Google, since when did you join my supervisory team?”
Adam Robertson

24. Embracing research ethics approval: from cognitive walk-through to reflexive journey
Rebecca Whiting

25. Gaining ethical approval
Nora Reynolds

26. But I am just going home: research ethics and student safety
Safa Riaz

27. Organizational governance: the final hurdles for research approval
Amy Byrnes-Johnstone

28. Wearing skirts and writing like a woman: a winding road to gaining access to research
Ana Alecsandru

29. Knock, knock, who’s there? I’m one of you!
Mireira Valverde

30. Letters from a doctoral research to a data collection advice column… and the responses
Sharon Lambert

31. Addressing power differentials and managing egos: how to collect reliable qualitative data when researching ‘elites’
Christopher F. Wright

32. Time is waiting in the wings
Mark Saunders

33. Navigating the supervisory relationship: the case of the disappearing supervisors
Vicki Webster

34. Managing time and maintaining focus
Colin Hughes

35. Tightrope walking: balancing the dynamic tensions of the doctoral process
Andrea Casey

36. Keeping your life on track: living one spoon at a time
Emma Partlow

37. Opportunities and challenges of studying abroad
Aurora Trif

38. Keeping your life and career on track as a non-traditional doctorate student
Vicki Webster

39. Finders, keepers, losers, weepers! A doctoral candidate’s reality of changing thesis advisors
Polly Black

40. To leave or not to leave your Alma Mater
Ray Markey

41. My journey
Gerard Ryan

PART III: GETTING IT FINISHED AND MOVING ON
42. Eat, sleep, redraft, repeat.
Ana Lobo

43. Challenges in writing up qualitative findings
Victor Gekara

44. The power to write
Milika Shirmohammadi

45. Write your thesis quickly and well
Tara Gra

46. Rewriting and overcoming writer’s block
Grace Henry

47. Overcoming writer’s block (and submission anxiety)
Fiona Archontoulis

48. The final mile: avoiding and overcoming viva trip ups
Dawn Duke

49. My viva voce examination: a rollercoaster!
Zeineb Djebali

50. Let me defend myself (or at least my thesis)
Qian Yi Lee

51. Networkin with academics to solve your PhD puzzle
Adam Robertson

52 Are conferences wroth attending as a graduate student? Reflections and lessons from a former graduate student
Tomika Greer

53. A tale of three dissertations: experiences of transforming mentored research into an article
Jamie Callahan

54. How can you publish from your dissertation?
Katie Rosenbush

55. Publishing from your thesis
Dennis Nickson

56. Getting the first academic job
Oliver Crocco

57. Beyond the doctorate: getting your first job
Holly Prescott

58. Publications, what publications?
Mark Saunders

59. Balancing Act
Polly Black

Index