Earning a PhD Degree

Personal, Institutional, and National Implications

Vernon R. Totanes Rizal Library Ateneo de Manila University 24 October 2013

Requirements for a PhD
      Course work Written and/or oral comprehensive exam Thesis or dissertation (or equivalent) Public or private oral exam Publication/s Within a prescribed number of years

Requirements for a PhD
      Course work Written and/or oral comprehensive exam Thesis or dissertation (or equivalent) Public or private oral exam Publication/s Within a prescribed number of years

Begin with the End in Mind
 Niño’s story  My story  Implications
 Personal  Institutional  National

 How to apply

My Story
       MLIS - 2004 “Get a PhD while you’re young.” Ateneo’s requirements SLA B&F Travel Grant - 2005 University of Toronto Desire to be OFW Application, acceptance, oh no!

UofT
      Start – 2006 Why Canada? Why UofT? Not homesick Going home “This damned thing” End - 2012

Personal
      Why you should NOT get a PhD It’s lonely It takes a long time People will make fun of you It’s a commitment Difficult or no relationships

Institutional
      Why you SHOULD get a PhD “Dr. Totanes” You’re already doing research Job opportunities and promotions Requirement for chief librarians Prestige for institution

National
    Why librarians SHOULD get a PhD Research Upgrade LIS education Prestige for the profession

Things to Consider
       Why do you want a PhD? Local vs international LIS vs other fields Funding Not just reading, but writing Not just writing, but presenting Not just presenting, but defending

How to Apply
Canada
http://bit.ly/phdtoronto University of Toronto Faculty of Information

Singapore
http://bit.ly/phdsingapore Nanyang Technological University Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Division of Information Studies

Tips
    Talk, listen, write, network Choose adviser and committee wisely Look for support groups The best dissertation is a finished dissertation.  It’s not about brains. It’s about who can finish.

Earning a PhD Degree
Personal, Institutional, and National Implications

Vernon R. Totanes Rizal Library Ateneo de Manila University 24 October 2013

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