Happy Doc Student Podcast

#33 Bedtime Stories and a Positive Doctoral Experience with Dr. Corey Carlson

June 22, 2021 Heather Frederick, PhD Episode 33
Happy Doc Student Podcast
#33 Bedtime Stories and a Positive Doctoral Experience with Dr. Corey Carlson
Show Notes

Corey Carlson has his PhD in Higher Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University. His multidisciplinary approach to life and learning has led him to research endeavors in higher educational leadership, higher educational student engagement and retention, as well as community workforce educational development.

Keys to facilitating a positive experience: 

1.    Peer support is critical, so find your tribe. Places to look: Your courses, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. I have a group as well; you can find it at: https://expandyourhappy.com

2.    Vocalize your ideas – talk to anyone who will listen. Be cognizant of how much you are talking; don’t burn out your network

3.    Adopt a growth mindset. You are in a doc program, remember? YOU LOVE LEARNING!!! When you hit a block ask: What am I learning here?

·       It’s OK to be pissed. But be sure to move through that feeling. See:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/6988105

4.    Realize the Doctoral Research part of your program is VERY different from completing your core courses. Want to know why grades mean nothing now? Download this: https://www.expandyourhappy.com/HDSP121

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5.    Facilitate a good relationship with your Chair

·       Communicate and request regular synchronous meetings –let your Chair decide how often they should be

6.    ALWAYS be curious. When you experience feelings of discomfort, ask: “I wonder what I might be learning here?”

7.    Your dissertation is an opportunity to LEARN. You will learn about science, your area of specialization, and you as a human. 

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Corey’s biggest piece of advice: Work 15 minutes/day on your project. It will add up and will get you DONE! Can’t bear opening up your doc? Then do 15-minutes of self-care and call it working on my dissertation. Here are some ideas: 


1.    Remember they have never done this before; help them by being very clear about the very next task and what they need to do to complete that task. 

2.    Be timely in your responses to your students – even if the response is simply: “I got your doc and will have it reviewed in the next 10 days. Meanwhile, please be working on this, that, and the other thing.”

3.    Consider the value of real-time communication 

4.    If a student doesn’t ask you for regular synchronous meetings, you might want to (especially if the student seems “stuck”). Personally, I find this schedule helpful: every other week pre-proposal and then weekly during data collection and analysis, then as every other week while writing chapter 5 and up until the defense. These can be 10–15-minute meetings but can save MONTHS.

5.    Invest in yourself. Your students need you. Learn how to do this in a super simple way here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/6988105

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