The educational pathways and personal narratives of 13 Canadian doctoral graduates are the focus of The Doctoral Journey: Perseverance – a newly published collection edited by Nipissing education professor Thomas G. Ryan.
Supported in part by a grant from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario’s Opportunities to Innovate Fund, the book chronicles the doctoral student experience through first-person accounts that span virtually every facet of the PhD – from the decision to apply to finances, work-life balance, thesis preparation and ultimately, entering the workplace.
Beating the odds in the current academic marketplace, all but three of the 13 graduates followed in the volume held postsecondary academic appointments at the time of the book’s publication. Two recent HEQCO reports on doctoral studies found that the demand by PhD students for full-time faculty positions vastly outstrips the supply. Estimates suggest that less than 25% of PhD students in Canada will secure full-time, tenure-stream research and teaching positions, according to the studies.
Published by Common Ground Publishing LLC, The Doctoral Journey: Perseverance is available for purchase online.