The diploma arrived and is hanging on a wall well protected from direct sunlight. The good news is it has the old seal rather than that gawd-awful new logo. The bad news is that it bears the signature of an Ed.D.
Owing to a couple of problems I had encountered, I had moved this research journal from Wordpress into this Drupal installation on June 20, 2015. In doing so, I failed—and I'm not even sure it's really possible—to automatically take care of the old URLs so that they would point to the Drupal copies of the posts rather than the original Wordpress copies. So I just left the Wordpress lying around. Ick.
I have received confirmation that my Ph.D. will be conferred next week.
Update, December 25, 2015:
I approved the submission and paid off the editor this evening. Hopefully I didn't miss too many errors. Saybrook's offices will be closed until the 29th; hopefully all this occurs in time for me to actually receive the degree on January 8th, 2016.
I have passed my oral examination. There are three things which I need to do before my Ph.D. will be conferred:
- incorporate final changes from my committee,
- get my abstract (a brief summary of the dissertation) approved, and
- have the dissertation proofread and checked for APA compliance
My dissertation committee chair, Bob McAndrews, writes of my forthcoming defense, "the usual way these meetings go is for you to briefly summarize how you came to your dissertation topic and how the Human Science program helped you shape it, then to explain your methodology and 'findings' and then what you feel your work has contributed to existing scholarship. Then we will discuss your work.
I now expect to defend my dissertation at 2 pm on Monday, November 16, 2015.
Update, November 13, 2015: No, it will not happen then. I don't know when it will happen. I'm having trouble getting one of my committee to commit to a time, raising considerable doubt that this can happen by the end of Fall semester.
Update, November 16, 2015: The defense has now been confirmed for Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 2 pm, Pacific Time.
My dissertation committee chair forwarded his final comments to me and I have responded to them. I've sent the revised version to my committee and I'm hoping to defend sometime between November 16th and the 27th. The chair still thinks my dissertation is 'brilliant.'
As soon as I have a final version, probably sometime following the defense, I expect to publish it here.
It appears my dissertation chair had made it a bit farther than he indicated in his email to me, getting well into chapter eight before sending me what he had. That means he's nearly two thirds of the way through. That he got this far and still considers it 'excellent' is an excellent sign. It also suggests that maybe within a couple weeks I'll be sending him a revised draft that hopefully is closer to what he's looking for. If he likes it, that could mean a defense in October, which would be a little sooner than I was expecting.
I received another batch of comments from my dissertation committee chair on Wednesday. He still views the dissertation as 'excellent.' In this batch, he got nearly to page 200, which means he's over half way through the actual text of the dissertation.