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Outliving Your Dissertation

A Guide for Students and Faculty


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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xviii | the contributors Organizational Change from Benedictine University and currently serves as Director of the Organizational Leadership and Transformational Change program at Friends University. His previous work has appeared on multiple news and media outlets and, most recently, C-SPAN’s Book TV, which high- lighted his 2013 bestseller, Mayday over Wichita. Jamilla Pitts, Ed.D., currently serves as a member of the Curriculum and Instruc- tion Department in Evanston Skokie School District 65, supporting student and professional learning during the academic year and coordinating sum- mer programming for district students. She has more than twenty years of experience as an educator, having served as a fine arts specialist, a classroom teacher, and a special services teacher. Her scholarly work includes investigat- ing professional learning in a climate of accountability, planning, and facil- itating capacity building learning experiences, serving as a peer reviewer of more than 100 conference proposals for AERA and NCSS, co-authorship of a peer-reviewed article and compiling scholarly resources to inform delibera- tions regarding class-, school-, and district-level matters. She is dedicated to equipping and empowering learners at all levels. Sharon Sanders-Funnye, Ed.D., is an educator-leader, author, and dream-scaf- folder. She currently serves as Director of TRiO Educational Talent Search Scholars Program at a large community college in Illinois. During her 25-year career in education, she has served as an adjunct professor for a four-year university, Site Coordinator for a 21st Century Community Learning Center, and Director of Operations for a non-profit youth development organization. Sharon presented her work at...

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