Title: The Doctoral Project and Other Academic Writing: Tips for Success
Presenter: Dr. Linda A. Fischer
Description: In academia, there is perhaps no greater challenge than to overcome the dubious title of “All But Dissertation.” Across the nation, doctoral candidates are faced with the daunting challenge of negotiating the demands of a doctoral project while balancing family responsibilities and work requirements. Coursework is generally not the problem for doctoral students. It’s the unstructured work that follows and the isolation associated with the doctoral project journey, coupled with a lack of organization or strategic planning to complete the project that often results in lengthy time to degree completion or even attrition. Dr. Fischer’s presentation delivers insights, strategies, and practical advice to help the doctoral student through this difficult, yet rewarding process.
Bio: Dr. Fischer is the writing advisor for the Doctoral Support Center of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. She is committed to helping doctoral candidates succeed in the school’s EdD and PhD programs. Prior to joining USC, she served in the United States Army for more than 20 years, retiring in 2003. While an army captain, she earned a master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and completed the USC EdD program (with a higher education concentration) in 2005 as a member of the Hawaii cohort.
Originally from Texas, Linda has lived all over the world, including 10 years in Hawaii. While a member of the Hawaii community, Linda was selected as a Pacific Century Fellow, Class 2003 and served on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Drug-Free Hawaii. Her research interests include sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus and in the workplace. She is the author of Ultimate Power: Enemy Within the Ranks, the story of Dr. Fischer’s triumph over a sexual assault she suffered while an officer in the military.