Thesis Defense (Some Levity for Your Saturday)
“Wait, what? It’s July 30! The summer is more than half over! I didn't write at all in June and hardly anything in July! Now I have so much work to do - - too much work! How am I ever going to do it?"
Matthew Reisz, writing for the Times Higher Education journal in the UK, has written an excellent article on coaching for grad students and professors in higher education. The best part of the article is that about one third of it is about me! Well, that's the best part for me.
Corporate coaching has spread rapidly from the US across the world, with the business sector happy to buy in such support for employees they are grooming to be high flyers. The higher education sector, in contrast, would appear to offer a less obviously lucrative, and perhaps more sceptical, market. Yet coaches in the US, and to a lesser extent in the UK, are working with an increasing number of academics, helping them to confront not only the challenges they share with many other professionals (notably the sheer lack of hours in the day) but also the pressures specific to the sector.I have to agree that academics are a skeptical and critical market. I've noticed that they are skeptical of anyone who charges money for their services, for example.
It's About Time: Managing the Dissertation Advisor-Advisee Relationship During The Chaos of the End of the Semester