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Doctoral Systems: Do You Have Dorothy’s Red Shoes?

Dear Colleagues:

This week has been interesting regarding what has been in the wind.  Both students and clients seem to struggle with what they THINK is new to them and answers to questions they THINK they do not have.  What is my role? As a coach and mentor, my role is to help my students and clients see WHAT IS ALREADY THERE.

Believe it or not, by the time  you have completed your doctoral classes, you already have Dorothy’s red shoes as in the Wizard of Oz. How is this possible?  I’m glad you asked! 😆 

The point of your classes in any doctoral program is to ensure that you have a strong foundation for EVERYthing you need to know regarding how to conduct doctoral level research.  Your role is to then sift, sort, and separate through everything to defend what YOUR study needs. (Remember, we choose nothing; we defend everything!)

Yes, Dorothy, you have the red shoes!  Simply click your heels three times and tell yourself, “there’s no place like home.”  YOU CAN DO THIS! Your faculty have prepared you for everything you need to know for YOUR STUDY.  My job is often to help students and clients along this journey in search of answers they didn’t know they already have.

First, most universities provide a template for the Prospectus/Concept Paper, Proposal, and Dissertation.  The purpose is standardization for ProQuest and your university.


Second, if you want to know what right looks like–click on the red shoes and stop reinventing the wheel. The answers are already within recent dissertations completed by your university’s graduates.  Go see what committees and the Dean have already approved in ProQuest. Every school has THEIR University’s ProQuest for Thesis and Dissertations, and then there is EVERYONE’s ProQuest Thesis and Dissertations database. Go find dissertations similar to yours and see what right might look like for you.

Systems thinking is the key. There is a system for EVERYTHING.  Create a Study System, a Research System, a Writing System, a Time Management System.  Believe in yourself and those red shoes.  You’ve got this!

I’m here to help.

Dr. Cheryl Lentz
Academic Entreprenuer




October 14th, 2017 by admin