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Dissertation Writing Tips

Posted by: JoAnn | August 22, 2014 | No Comment |

Hello All,

I belong to a group, Text and Academic Authors Association, and now and again some great ideas and tips come across my email. Today I received an email with tips and suggestions on dissertation writing. I’ve copied and pasted the email below. Enjoy! JoAnn

10 Ways to Overcome Challenges to Writing Your Dissertation
August 20, 2014 By TAA

The top challenges participants of TAA’s August Dissertation Writing Boot Camp indicated that they were facing in completing their dissertation included time management, staying focused, writer’s block, holding themselves accountable to deadlines, and anxiety.

Boot Camp Leader and Dissertators United Chapter Chair Ashley Sanders, who is also working on completing her dissertation, said that one of the strategies she finds really helpful to overcome the anxiety she feels when working on her dissertation is to start the day by free writing in her journal.

“I mean, completely free writing,” she said. “Whatever comes to mind I pour out on the page for 10 to 15 minutes. It helps me work through any anxiety I’m facing or worries or fears by taking the time to write out things I’m grateful for in my life. That starts me out with a positive mindset to begin tackling what can be some very challenging tasks, because I’m much more focused on what’s going well, what I’m thankful for, and all the good things that are happening in my life.”

Here are some additional strategies participants learned during the boot camp that they found to be helpful in their writing process:

“Free writing really helped me with writing anxiety. I made a Word file and dumped ideas into it. When I color coded, the ideas and categories began to appear.”

“I really liked the 25-minute timer and 5-minute break. That got me started with my research questions.”

“Short bursts, check-ins, literature review resources, and the writing log.”

“Dedicating time to write. It is so easy for other priorities to get in the way.”

“I decided not to worry about logic and just write–quantity over quality–and it was really freeing. Using a timer was also great.”

“The accountability to a group definitely increased my focus.”

“Setting concrete, realistic goals. Even if you don’t meet them, you know what you need to work on the next time you sit down. Feeling like you are part of a community–suffering and celebrating in solidarity.”

“When you aren’t feeling confident about your writing, or anxiety about what you’re writing, look at a piece of writing in which you received kudos, a high grade, positive comments, etc. It will reenergize you that you really can do this, you have done it before, and you can do it again.”

“You don’t need to write chronologically. Start where you feel most comfortable–where you have the most data, where you feel writing inspiration–and work forward and backward. This might help you reach a place where you can work on the introduction or other sections that are blocking your progress.”

“Silence your phone and let loved ones, colleagues, co-workers, etc. know when you’ve blocked off time and that you would be happy to interact, talk, and take phone calls before/after, but not during, that time.”

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Paid Internships with ILA

Posted by: JoAnn | August 20, 2014 | No Comment |

Hello All,

Recently I received an email from ILA that had information about paid internships. Information and contact person, email are located below.

Dear JoAnn,

Paid internships with the ILA are available throughout the year to graduate students, recent graduates, and undergraduates who have successfully completed at least one year of school. While internships begin and end on a rolling basis, a 4-month commitment of 16-30 hours a week of work (in the ILA office) is required; longer commitments are preferred.

While we are open to other internships, we are currently looking for a Research Intern to:
1. Conduct online research for a variety of projects, including: market research and analysis, the Leadership Education Program Directory, compiling resources about leadership and the ILA’s Leadership Legacy Honorees, and lead generation.
2.Support the ILA’s LinkedIn presence by approving postings, recruiting new members, and producing reports.
3.Work on other projects as assigned.

Our Top 10 Candidate Requirements
1. College student with focus on leadership, marketing, communications, business, or a related field
2. Strong work ethic, high bar for work quality, and commitment to results
3. Detail oriented with ability to consider the big-picture
4. Excellent communication skills in person, by phone, or over email
5. Experience using Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Word for research and reports
6. Outstanding Internet research skills and social media savvy, particularly using LinkedIn
7. Positive attitude, high energy, initiative, and the ability to prioritize
8. Global mindset, intercultural competency, and an interest in current events
9. Commitment to ILA’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals
10. Interest in learning the inner workings of a growing non-profit, knowledge of academic/ practitioner associations, and the field of leadership is a plus

To Apply: Please email the following to ILA Director Ms. Shelly Wilsey at swilsey@ila-net.org
Cover Letter including: a) why you want to intern at the ILA; b) your relevant skills and experiences; c) your internship learning goals; d) your preferred schedule, and e) anything else that sets you apart. Resume including contact details, educational focus, work experience, and extracurricular activities. Two reference letters – One from a professor and one from a past employer, professor, or a character reference. Both letters should describe your qualifications, character, and commitment to excellence.

From Gonzaga’s doctoral program in leadership studies, we know that several of you are qualified for these internships. Please consider applying. Best of luck!!

JoAnn

Associate Professor & Chair,
Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies
barbourj@gonzaga.edu
509-313-3630

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As Summer winds down …

Posted by: JoAnn | August 8, 2014 | No Comment |

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Hello All,

Soon I will be going on vacation for two weeks after my second summer session at Gonzaga. As usual it was jam-packed and ended so quickly. Our new students were nicely folded into the DPLS family by you summer veterans. Several told me they really appreciated how you welcomed them into the doctoral program and showed them the ropes. Several of you veterans also told me that this is probably your last physical time at Gonzaga, that you are on to data collecting and/or dissertation writing. We all wish you the best of luck as you continue to pursue your goal of getting your PhD. We know that you will stay in touch with your Dissertation Chair, but from time to time drop the rest of us an email, blog, or whatever.

This summer we shared pain (yes, some are still trying to get through Quant), community (we had an Akwaaba dinner and a Root Beer Float study break), and laughter (classes are not all stress and turmoil). The picture that best captures the summer for me is the photo above with (L-R) Sandy Molendyk, Norman Coulter, and Julene Tegerstrand, all three new to the program. They have similar and different interests; they are from and have traveled around the world; and they have a sense of adventure, evidenced by their participation in Spokane’s Dirty Run. Oh, yeah, they got down and dirty in the mud at Riverside State Park on July 19. I was witness. I saw the mud, I felt their dirt, I hosed them down before we drove home, and I saw three new doctoral students bond as they supported each other and finished together at the end of the Run. What a wonderful experience in the middle of an intense summer. Our goal next year is to each bring one more: that would be 3 more runners and one more cheer squad member. So pack an extra pair of old, really old running shoes and plan on running the Dirty Run with the 4 plus 4 (or more) next Summer 2015.

Thank you all for a great 2013-2014 and the wonderful beginning to a 2014-2015. Please take some summer time for yourselves either alone or with friends or family before you are in earnest back at your jobs and/or research and/or the bunches of other stuff we all do.

JoAnn Barbour,
Assoc. Professor and Chair, DPLS

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Dear DPLS community,

Many of you know recent DPLS graduate Maduabuchi Muoneme, better known to us as Father Buchi. Fr. Buchi is back in his home country of Nigeria where he has resumed his duties as a Jesuit priest. I wrote to him recently in the wake of the 100th day of captivity of schoolgirls who were taken by the terrorist group Boko Haram. I bring this to your attention so that as a community we can uphold our colleague in our own faith practices. This is part of his email to me.  –Debbie Brown

“I just celebrated Mass and prayed for the safety and freedom our missing girls. The hostage situation of the girls for 100 days is deplorable, not to mention the killings of many civilians by the BH (Boko Haram) sect. Many Nigerian women (Christians and Muslims and different ethnic groups) have united their hearts and minds and come together during protests and common prayer for the freedom of these girls. The destiny of the Nigerian state is tied to the destiny of the missing girls.”  -Buchi Muoneme, S.J.

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Explore interesting and unpredictable topics that will stretch your horizons at Journal Club!

What is Journal Club?

Journal Club is meant to be informal, enjoyable, and intellectually stimulating. It’s a place for anyone in the Gonzaga community to explore ideas and research that interests them. It’s a community of students, faculty, and staff who gather together to say, “This is what I’m reading, this is what I’m interested in, and this is what I’m thinking.”

When We Meet During the Summer:

10:00 – 11:30 Wed. morning in Tilford, Room 105.

DATES:  July 23

What Are The Benefits?

Journal Club is an opportunity to get to know your fellow students and network with colleagues. It is an excellent platform for developing and improving teaching and presentation skills. It will also enhance your CV!

How Can I Participate?

It’s easy to be a part of Journal Club. You can either take 10 minutes to present a journal article, book chapter, or other scholarly work OR you can just show up and enjoy the dialogue!

It’s Simple To Present!

  • Email Dr. Chris Francovich (francovich@gonzaga.edu) or Faith Gilbert (gilbert.faith@gmail.com) to let them know you would like to present.
  • You will have up to 10 minutes to present.
  • During your presentation, briefly be sure to address the following:

1. What is the purpose or main focus of the reading?

2. What are the broad applications of the work to leadership studies or your primary discipline?

3. Describe the intended audience, the article, and include the reference of your literature.

4. What is your response to the author?

  • Bring 10 copies of your presentation notes for the other participants
  • Email your presentation and a copy of your journal article or book chapter to Faith Gilbert (gilbert.faith@gmail.com) so that the article can be uploaded to the Google Archives Drive.
  • You may use PowerPoint, but you do not have to. Presentations are generally informal, and discussion is dynamic.

For more details, go to www.gonzaga.edu/journalclub.

Journal Club is sponsored by the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies.

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What is Journal Club?

Journal Club is meant to be informal, enjoyable, and intellectually stimulating. It’s a place for anyone in the Gonzaga community to explore ideas and research that interests them. It’s a community of students, faculty, and staff who gather together to say, “This is what I’m reading, this is what I’m interested in, and this is what I’m thinking.”

When We Meet During the Summer:

10:00 – 11:30 Wed. mornings in Tilford, Room 115.

DATES:  July 2, 9**, 16, 23

**Note:  We will be hosting a FREE day-long writing and grant seminar on July 9th in Tilford Room 405 from 9:00 to 4:00. GoToMeeting will be made available for those of you who would like to attend but live out of town. Free lunch is provided! Register by emailing Faith Gilbert at gilbert.faith@gmail.com. For more details go to www.gonzaga.edu/journalclub.

What Are The Benefits?

Journal Club is an opportunity to get to know your fellow students and network with colleagues. It is an excellent platform for developing and improving teaching and presentation skills. It will also enhance your CV!

How Can I Participate?

It’s easy to be a part of Journal Club. You can either take 10 minutes to present a journal article, book chapter, or other scholarly work OR you can just show up and enjoy the dialogue!

It’s Simple To Present!

  • Email Dr. Chris Francovich (francovich@gonzaga.edu) or Faith Gilbert (gilbert.faith@gmail.com) to let them know you would like to present.
  • You will have up to 10 minutes to present.
  • During your presentation, briefly be sure to address the following:

1. What is the purpose or main focus of the reading?

2. What are the broad applications of the work to leadership studies or your primary discipline?

3. Describe the intended audience, the article, and include the reference of your literature.

4. What is your response to the author?

  • Bring 10 copies of your presentation notes for the other participants
  • Email your presentation and a copy of your journal article or book chapter to Faith Gilbert (gilbert.faith@gmail.com) so that the article can be uploaded to the Google Archives Drive.
  • You may use PowerPoint, but you do not have to. Presentations are generally informal, and discussion is dynamic.

For more details, go to www.gonzaga.edu/journalclub.

Journal Club is sponsored by the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies.

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Would you like to know what grant resources might be available to you as a graduate student? Have you ever wondered how to express yourself in your own voice while still adhering to the strict principles of writing at the graduate level? Are you curious about managing writing anxiety and feelings of vulnerability? These questions and more will be discussed at the Journal Club’s Writing and Grant Seminar on July 9th!

The Journal Club is hosting a FREE interactive Writing and Grant Seminar on Wed., July 9th from 9-3 in Tilford, Room 405!

  • Everyone is welcome, free lunch is provided, and virtual attendance will be available through GoToMeeting.
  • The morning session will include practical ideas for writing papers in a graduate program. Small group workshop style discussions will be a part of the morning’s activities.
  • The afternoon session will include a guest speaker who will share information about grants at Gonzaga.

To register, please email Faith Gilbert at gilbert.faith@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you on the 9th!

Check out the Journal Club! www.gonzaga.edu/journalclub

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Hi All,
We have a great (and also free!) opportunity for you coming up very soon, featuring our visiting servant-leadership scholar from the Netherlands, Dr. Dirk van Dierendonck.  I came to know Dr. van Dierendonck at a Global Research Roundtable in the Netherlands some years ago, and now his work is among the leading work in the field.  This is a wonderful chance to meet and learn from an international high level scholar!  Here it is below, and please do send me an email if you plan to attend. ferch@gonzaga.edu
Great to be learning together with you fine scholars here at Gonzaga in the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies!
Honored,
Dr. Shann Ray Ferch

 

DO YOU THINK SERVANT LEADERSHIP IS SOFT? 
Come meet with Dr. Dirk van Dierendonck, to learn about the advanced quantitative techniques and robust numerics being employed in servant leadership around the world.  Did you know servant-led organizations in Fortune Magazine’s list of the 100 best companies to work for perform at twice the market rate?  Did you know Starbucks, Synovus Financial, TDI, and Southwest Airlines are examples of companies that implement full-scale servant-leadership training for employees and perennially top Fortune’s list?  Dr. van Dierendonck won’t be covering the ins and outs of these companies.  He will, however, help us look at the advanced quantitative measurement of servant-leadership and how it impacts people and organizations.
 
Doctoral students and faculty will welcome Dr. van Dierendonck to two events.  Please attend both if you can, as we’d love to see you there!  Also, please feel free to invite scholarly friends. 
July 11th from 1-4pm: Servant-Leadership Quantitative Research Seminar
and July 11th from 430-530pm: Servant-Leadership Research Presentation
 
Both events will be held in the Tilford Center room 405. 
Dr. Dirk van Dierendonck is an associate professor of organisational behavior at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), a top 3 management school in Europe.  His areas of expertise include leadership (notably servant leadership), positive organisational behaviour, leadership development, and measurement development.  Professor Dierendonck is the associate editor of the International Journal of Servant Leadership. He is co-founder of the Erasmus Center for Leadership Studies, and co-founder and co-organiser of the New Directions in Leadership Research conference organised by Duke University in the UK, Erasmus University in the Netherlands, INSEAD in France, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the USA.  Dirk van Dierendonck is the author of books, book chapters and over 60 scholarly articles published in the major academic journels including the Journal of Management, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Behavior.
Also, here’s an exceptional video featuring Dirk’s work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV6QQxPWMUk
____________________________________
Shann Ray Ferch, PhD, MFA
Professor, Leadership Studies
Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies
Gonzaga University
Editor, The International Journal of Servant-Leadership
“The lanterns are burning and the starry night is over all.”  -Van Gogh
AMERICAN MASCULINE   and
Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity

 

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Free Writing And Grant Seminar, July 9th!

Posted by: ws-fgilbert | June 22, 2014 | No Comment |

Journal Club Is Hosting A Free Writing And Grant Seminar, July 9th!

Would you like to know what grant resources might be available to you as a graduate student? Have you ever wondered how to express yourself in your own voice while still adhering to the strict principles of graduate level writing? Are you curious about managing writing anxiety or feelings of vulnerability? These questions and more will be addressed at the Journal Club’s Writing and Grant Seminar!

  • Everyone is welcome, free lunch is provided, and virtual attendance will be available through GoToMeeting.
  • The morning session will include practical ideas for writing papers in a graduate program.
  • Small group workshop style discussions will be a part of the session activities.
  • The afternoon session will include a guest speaker who will share information about grants at Gonzaga.

Register today for the Journal Club’s FREE interactive Writing and Grant Seminar, Wed., July 9th from 9-4 in Tilford, Room 405! 

To register, just email Faith Gilbert at gilbert.faith@gmail.com. 

We look forward to seeing you on the 9th!

Check out the Journal Club!  www.gonzaga.edu/journalclub

Journal Club is sponsored by the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies (DPLS).

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Join us at Journal Club on Wednesday, June 25th, from 10:00 – 11:30 in Tilford, Room 115!

What is Journal Club?   Journal Club is meant to be enjoyable and intellectually stimulating. Presentations are generally informal, and discussion is dynamic!  It’s a place for anyone in the Gonzaga community to explore ideas and research that interests them. It’s a community of students, faculty, and staff who gather together to say, “This is what I’m reading, this is what I’m interested in, and this is what I’m thinking.”

When We Meet During the Summer:  10:00 – 11:30 Wed. mornings in Tilford, Room 115. DATES: June 25, July 2, 9**, 16, 23

**Note:  We will be hosting a FREE day-long writing and grant seminar on July 9th in Tilford Room 405 from 9:00 to 4:00. GoToMeeting will be made available for those of you who would like to attend but live out of town. Free lunch is provided! Register by emailing Faith Gilbert at  gilbert.faith@gmail.com. For more details go to www.gonzaga.edu/journalclub.

What Are The Benefits?   Journal Club is an opportunity to get to know your fellow students and network with colleagues. It is an excellent platform for developing and improving teaching and presentation skills. It will also enhance your CV!

How Can I Participate?   It’s easy to be a part of Journal Club. You can either take 10 minutes to present a journal article, book chapter, or other scholarly work OR you can just show up and enjoy the dialogue!

It’s Simple To Present!   Email Dr. Chris Francovich (francovich@gonzaga.edu) or Faith Gilbert (gilbert.faith@gmail.com) to let them know you would like to present. • You will have up to 10 minutes to present.

For more details, go to www.gonzaga.edu/journalclub.

Journal Club is sponsored by the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies.

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