Doctoral Skills & Competencies

The Genius of Barbara E. Lovitts Continued: Making the Implicit Explicit

May 31, 2011

A few weeks ago, I introduced Barbara Lovitts and her works on differentiating between the consumption and production of knowledge. What we learned: the skills and attributes developed in the course, academic phase of the program is far different from … Continue reading

Characteristics of Successful Graduate Students

May 3, 2011

Have you ever asked yourself, “What does it take to be a successful graduate student?” Have your ever asked yourself, “Do I have the ‘right stuff’”? Earning a doctorate requires more than intelligence, a high grade point average, or a … Continue reading


April 14, 2011

Fellow doctoral colleagues: This will be one of my shortest posts to date, but I hope the depth of the subject matter is not lost in the simplicity of the post. Earlier this morning, a friend presented me with the … Continue reading

Two Ways to Overcome your Fear of Writing

March 31, 2011

Do blank pages frighten you? Do you backspace more than write? Do you agonize over every word? Is beginning a first draft worse than a root canal? If you answered “yes” to one of these questions, you may fear writing. … Continue reading

Great Expectations: Twitter for the Scholar’s Toolbox

March 11, 2011

Twitter is a tool learners want to include in the “scholar’s toolbox.” The skillful use of Twitter increases networking with other scholars and helps develop writing skills.