Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation

Coping with the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles

By (author) Noelle Sterne

Publication date:

25 September 2015

Length of book:

226 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781475815030

Different from traditional dissertation writing books, Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping With the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles addresses doctoral students’ often overlooked but crucial issues that can delay dissertation completion. In a straightforward, colloquial style, Dr. Sterne offers discussions, anecdotes, questions, exercises, checklists, role play scripts, and affirmative spiritual statements.

In Part One, Sneaking Up on the Dissertation, Dr. Sterne directs readers to explore their
academic dreams.

In Part Two, Really Doing It, Dr. Sterne assists students to set priorities, begin actually
writing, and access many avenues of support.

In Part Three, Your Near, Dear, and Despairing Significant Others, Dr. Sterne shows readers
how to handle nonsupportive family and friends with strategies to recover their allegiance.

In Part Four, Good University Cops and Bad, Dr. Sterne advises students how to choose and
live with chairs and committees and utilize other university associates.

In Part Five, Graduation: It’s Only a Walk Away, Dr. Sterne counsels almost-doctors to take
all necessary steps to graduation and helps them re-enter life ABD—After and Beyond the

At last—a book geared toward the myriad trials and tribulations confronting many a hapless graduate student on the pilgrimage toward the graduate degree. As I experienced myself, with family and full-time job (and dog and lawn and neighborhood watch), the “nonacademic” troubles were as testy as learning APA.
I am positive all graduate students will find Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping With the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles a veritable fund of valuable insights and practicalities in their quest for that degree. For those of us who are veterans, not having had this book is our loss. To those to whom we pass the torch, the book is a godsend.
I recall those wonderful conversations Dr. Sterne and I used to have as I pursued my own doctorate. She weren't a nag—well, not really. She was most influential in helping me keep my priorities straight and my eyes on the prize. Her keen sense of humor was always welcome, and it eloquently comes across in Challenges. For all graduate students and all those involved with them, this book is a treasure.