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Outliving Your Dissertation

A Guide for Students and Faculty

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Edited By Antonina Lukenchuk

This guide focuses on the dissertation work as a step-by-step process and details the structure and the content of dissertation chapters. Unique to this edition is its conception of the dissertation in optimistic, realistic, and symbolic terms, which altogether provide theoretical basis and practical advice to students who are beginning their dissertation process. The guide features the personal accounts of doctoral students who have gone through the experience, which makes this edition stand out among other similar books on the market.
Dissertation is the work of a laborer, a craftsman, and an artist. Long hours of hard labor with our hands and head go into developing ideas, planning, and implementing research projects such as dissertations. But what ultimately drives our academic pursuits and, therefore makes them successful and enjoyable is inspiration that sets our hearts on fire and makes it impossible not to venture on the journey. The uncharted territories of the dissertation process – life events and happenings – make the path toward the highest academic degree attainment both exciting and challenging. Just like life itself with its unplanned and unpredictable twists and turns, the dissertation journey requires strength of character and an unwavering faith in one’s self and in the ultimate value of the pursuit of knowledge. So, why merely survive? Let’s enjoy the dissertation journey!
The guide is intended primarily for doctoral students pursuing dissertations in social sciences, as well as for faculty who teach doctoral-level research courses and seminars and supervise doctoral dissertations.   

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viii | contents Chapter Six: Compass for the Journey: Navigating the What, Why, and How of Ethics in Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Baudelaire K . Ulysse Chapter Seven: Working with the Data and Presenting the Findings . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Antonina Lukenchuk Chapter Eight: Writing Up the Dissertation . Dissertation Defence: Gaining the Ultimate Boon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Antonina Lukenchuk Part Two: Insights from the Pathfinders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Chapter Nine: Life beyond the Dissertation: Unexpected Turns and New Pursuits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 M . Christine Sivik Chapter Ten: Little Girl Found: My Dissertation Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Sharon Sanders-Funnye Chapter Eleven: Dissertation Process: Transcending Life Challenges to Get to the Finish Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Lourdes Blacksmith Chapter Twelve: Unveiling Your Path with Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Laura Yannuzzi Chapter Thirteen: Finding Your Researcher Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Regina Biddings-Muro Chapter Fourteen: A Road of Peril and Promise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Jamilla Pitts Chapter Fifteen: Rock Climbing in Pyjamas: How to Stay Motivated, Caffeinated, and Dedicated on the Dissertation Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 David W . Carter Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Antonina Lukenchuk Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

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