The Life of a Wannabe Academic

Detail of the life a new academic. The progress from graduate training to professor. Includes reflections on the job hunting process, research in technology and education, and what it is like to be a new college professor.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Dr. Christopherson

Well it's done. I have successfully defended my dissertation and with a few minor clerical error revisions I will be done with my dissertation as it stands now. It is quite a feeling to know that you are done after having spent so much time and effort into this one moment. I just about lost it when one of my committee members called me "Dr. Christopherson" for the first time.

The defense itself was sort of fun. A lot of good ideas came out and I am glad to hear that my research would produce such an engaging discussion. I feel that I have a data set that I could mine for a couple of years! But the big step now is to try to get a data set from this research and publish that sometime soon.

I wish that I could say that I feel less stressed out now, but unfortunatly there are other things to worry about now...finishing classes, selling our home, and hopefully buying the home that we have fell in love with in Sioux City. We have made an offer and as of now are still waiting to hear if it had been accepted or not. I actually expect it to be rejected and that we will need to raise our offer before all is settled.

Now the job begins as a new Ph.D. Hopefully I will have some graduation pictures to post on this site so you can see me in my regalia! It should be fun...I'm comptemplating wearing my garb for at least 2 weeks :)


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