What’s your name and where are you from?
Katie Linder. I’m originally from Portland, OR, but I completed my MA and PhD at Ohio State and I know live and work in Boston, MA. I started my dissertation in the spring of 2010 and successfully defended and graduated in the spring of 2011. I now direct the Center for Teaching Excellence at Suffolk University in Boston.
What is the name of your website and what is your role there?
My website is To Do: Dissertation and I am the creator and moderator of the blog. Originally, I posted several times a week, but once I finished my dissertation and started a full-time job in the spring of 2011, I didn’t have the time to post regularly to TD: D anymore. Rather than leave the blog to languish, I chose to edit and publish the tips and suggestions that I created over time in eBook form.
The majority of the posts that I wrote were compiled into the eBook To Do: Dissertation. Two other eBooks that were created from this blog are 101 Daily Dissertation Writing Tips and Tea-Time Tips and Suggestions .
Briefly, what’s your website all about?
To Do: Dissertation is a blog created in the spring of 2010 to offer supportive and encouraging suggestions for dissertation writers across disciplines. The primary goal of the To Do: Dissertation blog is to talk realistically about practical steps that dissertation writers could take to finish their writing and take satisfaction and pride in their process and final product.
Despite not having regular posts, TD: D remains up and running because there are some very important posts still to be found on this website:
- guest posts and reviews
- blog carnival posts
- website recommendations
As well, guest posts for TD: D are still being accepted and will be added to the blog as long as guest authors are interested in submitting posts about their tips and suggestions for successful dissertation writing.
How might your website be helpful to doctoral students?
I think the most helpful part of TD: D is that it shows doctoral students they aren’t alone in their dissertation writing process. Also, with all of the compiled resources on the site such as article and website recommendations doctoral student readers can always find something relevant to their situations.
That doctoral students can find satisfaction and pride in their process and final product while writing their dissertation.
Do you have any suggestions of other resources that doctoral students might find useful?
I also think that academic writers don’t look to the writing resources available outside of academia. One of my recent favorites is a book called Fearlessly Create, which helps writers and artists overcome creative blocks.
Do you have any advice for students currently trying to finish their dissertations/theses?
Yes: seek out support when you need it and be open to it coming from unlikely sources.
Any final words of wisdom for all those hardworking doctors-to-be? Or anything else you would like to share?
Speaking from the other side, my journey to PhD completion was totally worth it, so keep it up!