This is An Unconventional Life podcast hosted by astrophysicist turned teacher, author, dissertation coach, and more, Dr. Russell Strickland. He shares stories about the crazy 1% out there who earned their doctoral degrees and then went on to use them in crazy, cool, unique, and unconventional ways.
Balance, Stick-to-It-iveness, and Planning
In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Preston Cherry discuss the variety of goals and objectives he has observed in his students and colleagues, the importance being true to your own goals (and not comparing yourself to others), and the necessity of intentionality in pursuing your goals and objectives. Dr. Cherry and Dr. Strickland also discuss their experiences with negative feedback during their doctoral studies and how they learned to learn from it. Don't miss our 20th episode.
A True Scholar-Practitioner Bridges the Urban-Rural Divide
In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Theresa Spaeth will reveal how her doctoral journey was fraught when the usual challenges of family, career, confusion, and frustration... and how time, a few hundred square feet of Post-It Notes, and enough frequent-flyer miles to circle the globe became the irresistible forces to overcome those immovable obstacles. Don't miss this fantastic story of the incredible opportunities a doctoral degree almost magically summons.
My Life with a Robot...and a Doctoral Student
In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. William Barry and Dr. Russell Strickland wax philosophical on all things from the ontological nature of the dissertation & science, ethics & the future of AI, the advantages of holding a doctoral degree, and the difficulties of earning one. Maria Bot chimes in to share some things that the Drs. didn't know. Be sure to check out this episode, and then dive into the show notes mine all off the gold nuggets the Drs. share.
Tuff Talker Walks the Walk
In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Charlotte Pullins discusses the losses she overcame during her dissertation journey -- the deaths in the family, the diagnosis that changed her life, and the committee member who stood steadfastly in her way. Dr. Pullins overcame these challenges and more to earn her degree and go on to found a not-for-profit organization and host a podcast. And she's just getting started.
The Entrepreneurial Doctor
In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Justin Baeder shares the challenges he faced in his dissertation journey, the key to his eventual success, and the opportunities his doctoral degree has provided. Dr. Baeder has gone on to become a published author, podcast host, and successful owner of his own business. This is a can't-miss episode for anyone who wants to leverage their doctoral degree as a trusted expert and authority figure!
The Power of the Right Advisor
In this episode of An Unconventional Life, Dr. Russell Strickland and his guest, Dr. Matthew Montgomery, discuss their shared affinity for science, the difficulties associated with completing a dissertation as an unconventional doctoral student, and several interesting metaphors related to their respective journeys. Dr. Montgomery underscores the importance of your dissertation chair and of steadying yourself in the face of feedback from this most critical dissertation committee member. Don't miss this one!