ERIC Number: ED489985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-20
The Dissertation and Graduation: Not Just a Black and White Process--Mountain Climbing, Middle Passage, and Learning as a Postdoctoral Fellow
Moore, Felicia M.
The purpose of this narrative essay was to share my experiences as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Curriculum Materials in Science. Data used to write this article came from two interviews, an on-line survey, and notes from a reflective journal collected during postdoctoral tenure. My experiences as a postdoctoral fellow have been rewarding in a number of ways. However, common to other postdoctoral experiences, I have experienced some challenges. I discuss the entire postdoctoral experience in terms of activities and responsibilities, building and maintaining relationships, and negotiating the process as a postdoctoral fellow toward a junior faculty position in academia. I encourage potential postdoctoral fellows to navigate their positions with creativity, focus on developing academic credentials, and maintain strong relationships with senior faculty, other postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. I also share three professional development activities that graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can do to focus and develop a research agenda.
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A