PhD Stories: Conversations with My Sisters (Joanne Dowdy)
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Title: PhD Stories
Sub-title: Conversations with My Sisters
Author(s): Joanne Dowdy
Publish Date: May 2008
|This is a much needed, unique contribution to the body of literature on the challenges and triumphs of Black women academicians. The life stories that the author captures speak to the tenacity, strength, and sheer will of Black women to persevere in educational environments where they are not always valued.|
Contents: Foreword, Sheila T. Gregory. CONVERSATIONS WITH MY SISTERS. My Background. To Be Black, Female, and Literate. Storytelling and Black Women. The Study. The Interview Protocol. Method. The Setting. Black Women in the Academy. CHARACTER TRAITS OF THE WOMEN. Maintaining the Vision. Self-Development. Challenges. Future Directions. THE TIES THAT SAVE US. The Role of a Spouse. The Challenges of Raising Children. The Support Network. The Network Beyond Campus. TEACHING AS A CALLING. The Early Call to the Teaching Profession. Aspirations for Students. Professors as Mentors. Learning from the Students. Life Experience as a Teacher. THE WRITING JOURNEY. The Publishing Game. Timing is of the Essence. Choosing a Home for Publications. The Writing Process. Lessons Learned. Advice to Young Scholars. A Word to the Wise. THE SCHOLARSHIP OF THE SCHOLARS. The Scholarship of Discovery. Criteria for Scholarly Teaching. The Scholarship of Application. Service. "COOL UNDER FIRE". The Journey to a PhD. The Role as Parent. The Support System. Lessons Learned. Identification as African Descendants. International Travel. The Daily Round of a Black, Female Scholar. Philosophy Culled from Experience. Service Commitments. Teaching and Learning. Balance between Work and Home. Service as a Commitment to Community. Future Directions. Last Words. References. Author Index. Subject Index.