So. In the first (of many) doctoral seminar classes, we were tasked with creating some sort of dissertation timeline. A map, if you will, of where we are, where we are going, how we will get there, and roadblocks we may encounter.
The class resources page online suggested a PERT chart. Not really my style. Or using an infographic at Canva (online design-type software). I don’t have time to learn new software.
I decided to do somewhat of a Gantt chart using Excel. Why? I already own the software (well, rent it, technically), and I refuse to spend money on additional software I would only use once. I did find a template online; thanks for that, Vertex42. Now I have an actual timeline/map that is functional and usable.
I kind of like it. And this is one assignment that is extremely worthwhile!
This week, we had to analyze part of an actual dissertation (that of the class instructor, which I found a tad egotistical) for exemplaires of leadership, passion, and tenacity. This assignment was for the first of many doctoral seminar classes. A better word somewhat encapsulating all three of those traits is grit. According to Duckworth et al. (2007) — a group that came up with the most-often used definition in the literature, grit is a “perseverance and passion for long-term goals. . . [it entails] working strenuously towards challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress” (p. 1087). I like the word grit. And may start using it more, both in a scholarly and professional sense.
Duckworth, A. L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M. D., & Kelly, D. R. (2007). Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(6), 1087-1101. doi: 10.1037/0022-3522.214.171.1247
ACE is where I go to school. Their EdD program was extremely affordable, and they are accredited. The October term starts tomorrow. This will be a busy term, as I am not only signed up for three classes, but I am also a graduate assistant for a quantitative research methods class. I’m excited about being a GA, and I get to work with the professor who recommended me. It will be a learning opportunity. Not only will I be able to provide guidance to other students, I will also practice skills I am learning as part of the EdD program (Educational Leadership).
What classes am I taking this term?
LEAD 6021: Doctoral Leadership Seminar 1 (1 cred)
LEAD 6143: Strategic Operations Planning & Innovation (3 cred)
RES 6033: Qualitative Research Methods (3 cred)
No, this is not a fashion blog. It’s not a photo gallery. It’s not collection of beautiful blogs discovered within the interwebs.
It’s my personal journey through the doctoral/dissertation/research process. I started my terminal degree program one year ago through American College of Education. They have an EdD in Educational Leadership; they are accredited. Do I need to be Dr. Matt for my job? No, not at all. (In fact, I love the job I currently have). This has been a personal goal since I started college way, way (way) back in 1990.
I missed documenting year one, and I will make more of an effort to document years two, three and, perhaps, four (depending on how long I take on the dissertation).
I will try to NOT be boring. (But I can’t promise). In addition to scholarly posts — I feel those are required given the overall focus — I will post about other journey-related things. Like movies I watch and books I read to “de-stress.” I will share resources I have discovered online that make the journey easier. I will self-reflect and share personal thoughts and opinions.
In three years? I can look back and (hopefully) see personal growth. And intellectual development.