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This book focuses on using faculty mentoring to empower doctoral students to successfully complete their doctoral studies. The book is a collection of mentoring chapters showcasing professors and dissertation advisors from the most prestigious universities in the United States. They provide an extraordinary range of mentoring advice that speaks directly to the doctoral student. Each chapter addresses a professional or personal component of the doctoral process that represents how these exceptional faculty best mentor their doctoral students. Faculty contributions exemplify diverse perspectives of mentoring: (a) Some faculty are direct and forthright, pointing the mentee toward his/her destination; (b) some faculty share personal experiences-offering mentoring advice from the perspective of someone who traveled a similar path; and (c) some faculty structure a dialogue between the faculty as mentor and you as the doctoral student. In all cases, they open possibilities for achieving success in doctoral studies. Students discover clues to follow during their doctoral journey. Whether the student is just beginning to think about entering a doctoral program, presently taking course studies, under stress, and doesn't know what the future offers, this is an ideal book because it maps the entire doctoral process.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Strategies for Beginning the Doctoral Program Chapter 3 Starting the Doctoral Process 4 Ten Suggestions When Starting the Doctoral Process: You Are Still a Person, Too, Aren't You? 5 Thinking about Starting a Doctoral Program? Plan Ahead for Success 6 Life in the Fast Lane: Beginning the Doctoral Process 7 Beginning the Doctoral Journey Chapter 8 Considerations at the Threshold: The Beginning of Doctoral Studies Chapter 9 Just Beginning a Doctoral Program? Chapter 10 You're Sure You Really Want To Do This? Part 11 Conquering Common Doctoral Challenges: Motivation, Procrastination, and Re-Energizing Chapter 12 Getting Over the "ABD" Hump: The Secret is Avoiding Procrastination Chapter 13 Avoid Being Labeled ABD Chapter 14 When Motivation Hits Bottom Chapter 15 Passion: Don't Embark Without It Chapter 16 Brains, Heart, Courage, and Home: When Doctoral Students Have Significant Personal Issues Completing the Dissertation Part 17 Reducing, Coping, and Preventing Stress Chapter 18 Managing Your Stress Chapter 19 Eliminate Political Tensions with Your Dissertation Committee and Major Professor Chapter 20 Life Happens: So What Do I Do Now? Chapter 21 Helping a Graduate Student Develop Self-Directedness in Stressful Times: A Brief Conversation Chapter 22 Preparing for Qualifying Examinations Part 23 Life after the Doctorate Chapter 24 Using Your Dissertation as a Stepping Stone to a University Faculty Position Chapter 25 Using the Dissertation as a Vehicle for Publishing: A Conversation Between Professor and Doctoral Student Chapter 26 Maximizing Your Dissertation to Propel Your Career Chapter 27 What Do You Want To Do With This? Means-Driven Dissertation Writing Part 28 Final Thoughts
Raymond L. Calabrese is a professor of educational administration in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership at the Ohio State University. Calabrese is the author of five books and coauthor of four books. His recent stand alone books include The Dissertation Desk Reference; The Elements of an Effective Dissertation and Thesis; and The Leadership Assignment. Page A. Smith is a professor of educational leadership and policy studies and associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).