PhD-Day Diary

On December 1, 2008 I declared December 1, 2009 as my “PhD-Day to track my progress towards earning a PhD. I created this page to track various updates along the way; this is a work in progress.

November 2008

  • 24th: Launched a thread on the Chronicle of Higher Education forum in which I posted a thread with the question “I need “Discipline” — Where to Study “Social Media?” to help me refine my research interests and better understand my academic options. I periodically post updates to this thread.

December 2008

January 2009

  • 7th: Had a great phone conversation with Bill Sodeman, PhD (who I met on Twitter) about doctoral program applications and our shared interests. What a great guy — which he had been a professor of mine!
  • 16th: Connected with recent USC Communication PhD graduate, Rebecca Herr-Stephenson, PhD, by a friend from the EdD program in which I was enrolled at Pepperdine University. Coordinating a time when we can meet to discuss her experience in the program and my options as an applicant.
  • 24th: Met with S. Courtney Walton, a first year PhD student in Organizational Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara,  after my UCSB Extension class.
  • Explored bios of faculty members in possible schools to determine which have shared interests.
  • Continued to refine my research statement in an attempt to standardize it.

February 2009

March 2009

April 2009

May 2009

  • 17th: PhD-Day indefinitely (and unfortunately) put on hold due to a significant personal matter. This is a dream deferred, not a dream defeated. Look for updates once I resume my pursuit of a PhD!

May 2015

  • 30th: 6 years and 13 days after my last “PhD-Day Diary” update I published my first book: edX E-Learning Course Development.  This book walks you through the eight essential steps you will take to create your first edX course while teaching you tools and techniques you need to know as an edX instructor. Organized sequentially, each chapter represents a stage in your curriculum development and implementation process. If you are an educator creating a course for edX or a corporate trainer using Open edX for large-scale learning and development initiatives, then edX E-Learning Course Development is the ideal book for you.  I am investigating the option to leverage this book into a PhD by Publication.

September 2017

  • 4th: Enrolled in the online course “Discovering your PhD Potential” by the University of Leicester. This five-week course helps prospective PhD students learn how to write a research proposal for a postgraduate application by covering how to set a realistic and impactful research question, how to write a literature review, and how to pull together your first draft of a research proposal.