Doctoral Education: Research-Based Strategies for Doctoral Students, Supervisors and Administrators

  • Lynn McAlpine
  • Cheryl Amundsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Being … Becoming Academics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 1-13
    3. Marian Jazvac-Martek, Shuhua Chen, Lynn McAlpine
      Pages 17-36
  3. Writing and Speaking—Learning the Disciplinary Language, Talking the Talk

  4. Gender, Genre, and Disciplinary Identifying—Negotiating Borders

  5. Supporting the Doctoral Process Through Research-Based Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-172
    2. Cheryl Amundsen, Lynn McAlpine
      Pages 203-211
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-203

About this book


The quality of the academics who undertake the work of teaching and research is critical to the significance, status and relevance of our universities. There is widespread evidence that doctoral students are not being properly prepared for the changing face of higher education and that once they take up academic positions, they often experience many frustrations and tensions. This book, based on a four-year-long research program conducted by four academics and four graduate students, investigates the experiences of doctoral students, new academics and senior academics as they engage in their work related to doctoral education.


Doctoral Education: Research-Based Strategies for Doctoral Students, Supervisors and Administrators offers research-based strategies for improving doctoral education in a non-technical and conversational way. Those strategies include learning to be a new supervisor alongside other academic work, developing an intellectual network during the doctoral journey, giving and receiving feedback on scholarly writing, and preparing for the oral defence. Also, based on research evidence, the book challenges taken-for-granted practices and policies surrounding doctoral education, including the gendered nature of disciplinary practices, the paradox of writing in doctoral education and the public oversight of more and more aspects of academic work.


Intended for doctoral students, academics, staff and administrators, this book provides several perspectives on the topic of doctoral education and contains the actual voices of doctoral students and new academics to illustrate its discussion.


PhD process academic work construction of scholarly identity doctoral education doctoral experience doctoral students faculty development higher education higher education pedagogy research-based strategies teaching and learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Lynn McAlpine
    • 1
  • Cheryl Amundsen
    • 2
  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Fac. EducationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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