PDA Series: Ph.D. "Dropouts" Part 1

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Every librarian or archivist shaping part of this two-part panel series was formerly enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the pursuit of terminal degrees in a variety of academic disciplines. Each of us has a personal narrative to share about what went right, what went awry, why we left, how we manage our feelings surrounding our departures, and how our thirst for knowledge has ultimately enhanced the information field in which we now labor. If you are an information worker who was once a Ph.D. student or are now or you’re considering becoming one, have a listen.

Moderator: Katrina Spencer, University of Virginia

Panelist Bios:
Ray Pun (he/him) is a librarian in the Bay Area, CA. He attempted two doctoral programs and finally got a doctorate after the third attempt. Ray’s Bay Area locale is found on the traditional land of the Ohlone Nation.

Jenny Coffman (she/her) is a science and engineering research librarian at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (UVA) and former Chemistry PhD program attendee. UVA was built on the lands of the Monacan Indian Nation.

Harvey Long (he/him) is the Student Success Librarian and an assistant professor at North Carolina A&T State University, an institution built on the land of the Eno people. He earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in English from Winston-Salem State University. Harvey was also an Association of Research Libraries/Society of American Archivists Mosaic Fellow.

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