Ask Ebony Anything III: From Applying to PhD Programs to Defending the Dissertation

In the latest installment of Ask Ebony Anything, Daphne and Rachel offer advice to prospective graduate students interested in beginning the PhD application process (4:30), provide tips on how to get a glowing letter of recommendation (14:10), offer insight into selecting between and negotiating with graduate programs before the April 15th deadline (21:40), and provide guidance on preparing for the dissertation defense (30:50).  Resources –Pomodoro … Continue reading Ask Ebony Anything III: From Applying to PhD Programs to Defending the Dissertation

Scholar Spotlight & Book Talk with Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack

For today’s Scholar Spotlight, Daphne and Rachel interview Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack about his new book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students. In addition to discussing important findings and implications from his book (15:00), Dr. Jack also provides insight into his academic journey (1:17) and the experiences that shaped his research agenda (9:00). Finally, the professor offers advice on finishing the dissertation (21:05), … Continue reading Scholar Spotlight & Book Talk with Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack

Tales From the Tower: Pregnancy, Health, and Parenting in Graduate School

In this episode of Tales from the Tower, Whitney shares her story of managing postpartum complications, dismissive healthcare providers, a diagnosis of peripartum cardiomyopathy, and parenthood while also navigating graduate school. Whitney, Daphne, and Rachel also discuss how race and social capital shape the healthcare experiences and outcomes of black women.   *This episode is sponsored by Taupe Coat. Visit their site today: www.taupecoat.com* Resources:  Why America’s … Continue reading Tales From the Tower: Pregnancy, Health, and Parenting in Graduate School

Tea From The Tower: Free Speech and Diversity in Higher Education

In this episode, Daphne and Rachel discuss the latest news and gossip in higher education, including how the government shutdown has impacted academic researchers, the controversial Notre Dame job ad, and the consequences of free speech in the academy. They then discuss the question of the day related to the role that academics of color play in addressing issues of race and diversity in higher … Continue reading Tea From The Tower: Free Speech and Diversity in Higher Education

Tales from the Tower: Managing Impressions and Microaggressions

Have you ever been placed in a situation where you needed to stand up for yourself but also wanted to avoid the “angry POC” label? In this episode, Omar shares his tale about managing stereotypes in the classroom while also standing up for what’s right.  *This episode is sponsored by Taupe Coat. Visit their site today: www.taupecoat.com* Continue reading Tales from the Tower: Managing Impressions and Microaggressions

Ask Ebony Anything I

In this first installment of Ask Ebony Anything, Daphne and Rachel discuss personal style and aesthetics in graduate school (0:45), the merits of a mixed-methods dissertation (4:00), how to overcome a bad reputation in your department (7:27), tips and strategies for writing your dissertation while away from campus (13:45), and the politics of rearranging the dissertation committee late in the process (23:05).  Continue reading Ask Ebony Anything I

Preparing to Publish

Publishing is one of the most daunting tasks Ph.D. students and young faculty members need to do. Just thinking about writing an article can trigger imposter syndrome and self-doubt. The process of daily writing can also make you aware of all the bad writing habits you’ve picked up over the years, including that pesky undergrad procrastination. Publishing also requires us to learn new procedural requirements … Continue reading Preparing to Publish