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: Meeting with S. Courtney Walton, a first year PhD student in Organizational Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara,  after my UCSB Extension class.
  • Explore 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

  • 1st: Met with former Pepperdine colleague Melinda Valente andher friend Rebecca Herr Stephenson, PhD (who recently received her doctorate in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at USC).
  • 22nd:Turned 35 and took a Practice GRE test through Kaplan at Cal State Northridge.
  • 24th: Sent a message to Geneva Overholser — director of the School of Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication at USCon Twitter after seeing her interviewed in a piece on CBS News about the demise of newspapers and the challenges “only online” news poses to those who can’t afford Internet access. This initiated a positive online relationship that has yielded some compelling and engaging discussions relevant to my research interests
  • 25th: Attended Gravity Summit at UCLA to expand my knowledge of social media and make connections.
  • 27th:Visit family friend and Soka University of America faculty member Jim Merod, PhD to discuss doctoral ideas and options.
  • Narrowed possible programs, began to identify faculty with similar interests.

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. In addition to emerging doctoral options, I am investigating the option to leverage this book into a PhD by Publication.

September 2017