Author Archives: Megan McMurtry

The Tyranny of the Open-Ended

It’s been said before in many ways that the blank page can be very daunting.  It’s true that it also holds the excitement of all the possibilities that page could become.  But, for some of us that amorphous, cavernous emptiness … Continue reading Continue reading

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Author Voice: Whose Dissertation is This Anyway?

I recently sent a committee member part of my dissertation for some feedback.  It was only a few days before I received an email back with my Word document attached containing comments, suggestions, and changes all documented with the wonderful feature … Continue reading Continue reading

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Bearding the Lion: Writing as Motivation to Write

How do you get motivated to write?   For the last several years, I have put off writing until the act of writing itself seems like a gigantic, intimidating lion that will eat me alive the minute I approach it.  … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Finish Line

So…after the congrats, and the relief, and the signed cover pages, and the Krispy Kreme bread pudding I rewarded myself with after my defense, I was left with several marked-up copies of my dissertation and a little less than a … Continue reading Continue reading

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Oral Presentations

I’d like to change the format of the blog a bit this week because I’d really love to hear your thought on things that have worked for you. Most of us have had some sort of oral presentation in our … Continue reading Continue reading

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History of Research/Literature Review: Staying Anchored

Most dissertations have a section on the History of Research or a Literature Review. Because the goal of a dissertation ultimately is to show that you are qualified to enter into the academic dialogue in your field, this section typically addresses what other people … Continue reading Continue reading

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Getting Back into the Swing of Things

  If you’re like me, the summer can be a great time to get things done … lots of things like playing games on Facebook, catching up with friends, rereading Harry Potter… oh, yeah, and working on a dissertation.   Unfortunately … Continue reading Continue reading

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Balancing Time

One of the most common struggles people have in writing their dissertation is fitting it into their already busy schedule.  Whether it is family obligations or other work commitments, there never seems to be enough time.  My biggest hurdle to … Continue reading Continue reading

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Writing a Dissertation Proposal: Where do I Fit?

As with many of our posts, some of the specifics of the topic might differ in your field. So, be sure to look at previous examples from your area. In general, a dissertation proposal will give your adviser and committee the gist … Continue reading Continue reading

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Writing a CV (Curriculum Vitae)

As you enter the world of academia, you will likely need to produce a Curriculum Vita, more commonly called CV.  This is your academic resume and demonstrates your qualifications to be a part of the academic realm. CV v. Resume: … Continue reading Continue reading

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