PhD – Back to School

Hello:

I hope you are all enjoying the fall semester!

Do any of you have any tricks of the trade for making time to still do research in the midst of a frantic semester?

My schedule has conveniently worked out where I don’t teach or take classes on Thursdays so I try to devote the day primarily to doing research. However, I find that my research often spills over to other days when I don’t have as busy of a workload, especially Saturdays. This method has worked for me so far, but I am wondering the balance that you are all finding between research and school – especially those of you who have families. Do you find that you are more productive when you are working on research in smaller dosages or in bigger chunks of time?

Please share your secrets as to what has helped you be the most productive lately!

–Valerie

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So long…

Please excuse me, this is going to be a more personal post than usual.

Just over two years ago, I wrote the first post on this blog. I really wasn’t sure who would read the blog, if we could build an audience, or how long the blog would last. Much to my delight, multiple teams of fellow students helped grow this site. It’s immensely satisfying to see traffic now averaging around 2,000 page views a month. This has been a fabulous group effort.

Alas, my direct role here now comes to an end. This has always been a group blog for and by students.

Last month, I successfully defended my dissertation at University of Maryland. I have taken a position as an Assistant Professor in the Management Information Systems department at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. (If you’re curious, I’m teaching a course on web 2.0 marketing this semester–follow the link for our course blog.)

I plan to continue being active in the OCIS division of Academy of Management and hope to see many of you at AOM (and ICIS) each year.

See you ’round!

p.s. If you use Facebook, send me a friend request: steven (at) temple (dot) edu