ABD = All But Dissertation
On Monday I sat for the oral defense of my qualifying exams in my quest to earn a PhD from the University of Kentucky’s School Technology Leadership program within the Department of Educational Leadership. Happy to say that I passed those exams, so “all” that remains is my dissertation. I say “all” because I know there is a lot of work to be done with completing the dissertation, but I have accomplished some major milestones in my doctoral program (coursework is completed, dissertation prospectus defense, new job in a new district). A majority of the heavy lifting is done, so I truly look forward to working on the dissertation that I hope will be done by the end of the summer. That may seem like a long time from now, but I started this program in the fall of 2012 so 10 more months isn’t such a long time to me.
This program has been a lot of work, but I don’t regret what has gone into it. I have learned a lot and have met some fantastic educators along the way (fellow classmates and UK professors). Several of my classmates have completed their doctorates and have been a source of support for those of us still working toward that degree: Jill Janes, Rachel Allen, Kevin Flora, and Ericka Hollis. The faculty at UK has been supportive and responsive to help us succeed with our work in the program and with our work in our jobs as educators. There are many talented faculty members at UK who have helped me, but many thanks to Justin Bathon, a tireless and passionate prof who has been my advisor. Additional thanks to Wayne Lewis, Tricia Browne-Ferrigno, and Gerry Swan who all serve on my dissertation committee. I feel fortunate to learn from all of them.
I still have more work to go, but I feel it is important to acknowledge all that has happened to this point.