Getting the Most Out of Your Doctorate: The Importance of Supervision, Networking and Becoming a Global Academic

Mollie Dollinger
La Trobe University, Australia

Product Details
24 Apr 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
168 pages - 129 x 198mm
Surviving and Thriving in Academia


Beyond the doctoral thesis itself, the most significant factors in the progression of PhD candidature and early academic careers are: the relationships between the researcher and their supervisor(s), the ability to network, and understanding one’s place in the global research arena. Navigating these critical factors and moving from a novice to expert, is a critical undertaking for every PhD candidate and a process that will continue for years following one’s PhD. In this book, scholars from around the world offer practical advice on how to get the most out of one’s doctorate. Readers will get helpful tips on how to sustain healthy and long-lasting relationships with their supervisors, learn how to develop their networks, and understand the important changes impacting the modern PhD candidate.
Foreword by Dr. Margaret Kiley  
Part I. Preparation 
Chapter 1. Selecting a supervisor; Ms. Samantha Marangell, Dr. Lilia Mantai, Dr. Mollie Dollinger 
Chapter 2. Setting and adjusting expectations of supervision; Dr. Dely Elliot, Rui He and Dangeni 
Chapter 3. When the supervisor isn’t enough; Dr. Jessica M. McKeown and Dr. Andi M. Strackeljahn 
Part II. Mediating 
Chapter 4. Navigating co-supervision; Min Zou, Delin Kong 
Chapter 5. The power of an effective network; Associate Professor Kerry Bissaker, Sue Kupke, Divya Dawadi, Kamal Pokhrel, Vanessa Alexander, Jo Shearer, Helen Stephenson, Lesley Henderson & Dr. Ali Nawab 
Chapter 6. Developing networks near and far; Dr Jenna Mittelmeier, Prof Divya Jindal-Snape, Prof Bart Rienties, Dr Kate Yue Zhang, Ms Yakun Chen 
Part III. Understanding your place 
Chapter 7. Aligning yourself to internationalisation; Dr. Uwe Brandenburg 
Chapter 8. How to navigate the PhD journey to prepare for an extraordinary future; Professor Shelley Kinash and Ms. Madelaine-Marie Judd 
Chapter 9. Guidance for the Modern PhD Candidate; Dr. Mollie Dollinger
Mollie Dollinger is a higher education researcher at La Trobe University, Australia. She received her PhD from The University of Melbourne's Centre for the Study of Higher Education in 2018. Her research interests include student-staff co-creation in higher education, doctoral education and training, and the student experience.
This book is gold: it captures so much of what I’ve learnt as a doctoral researcher (and wish I’d known!), and then again as a supervisor. Highly recommended for PhD students, whether contemplating the voyage, or well en route. Equally, supervisors should read this as a reminder of the real person in their care, and the opportunities they can open up, or inadvertently close down. - Professor Simon Buckingham, Shum, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

This book will be a wonderful resource and guide for anyone considering a research degree or embarking on one. …Preparation and planning…should be the norm for anyone embarking on such a major project. And this book will provide expert guidance and advice on the key aspects of this planning - Dr Douglas Proctor, University College Dublin, Ireland

A great read for those needing to learn about doctoral education and how to survive – and make the most of - the supervision process! The authors offer valuable insights into PhD networking. A great read for those embarking on a PhD! - Dr Nancy Gleason, Yale-NUS, Singapore

The topic for this book is timely and important. People pursuing a PhD at this time enter the market when universities are more stressed by their external environments, especially financial pressures, than in previous times…there are fewer tenure track jobs and more non-tenure track jobs than in the past. Both potential doctoral students and actual doctoral students need to be aware of these concerns and the book hopefully will cause them to increase their awareness of what a doctoral program is really about. - Dr Janet Near, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

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