I have not posted for four months…I’ve been really busy traveling, working and writing. This week, I completed a major milestone on my PhD journey: the portfolio review. I have compiled a collection of documentation of my progress and writing samples for review by my faculty adviser and an assigned second faculty reader. Here’s what goes into the portfolio review:
- A short reflection paper (7 pages) on my doctoral journey thus far
- An annotated bibliography of all my writing during the program for all courses, outside paper presentations, seminar participation and outside training certifications
- A complete set of all faculty comments received as part of my course assessments
- A dissertation concept paper first draft (more on this in a later post)
- A revised learning plan, indicating my choices for the few remaining courses
- Selected writing samples – I chose four samples; two from the beginning of my studies and two of my most recent papers
The complete package is 154 pages. I formatted it to print and copy 2-sided, with margins to support a bound copy. I printed off a separate title page in color, using a nice template from Avery. Staples made three copies with bindings for me in about 15 minutes. I learned a few things with using Staples: you can send in the order electronically and save a few cents per page. However, making color copies costs 49 cents per page, so make sure you limit color.
I’m really pleased with the result. I can now hold in my hands a representation of two years’ worth of work. I can see the progress and the growth assembled in one place. My phone conference with my faculty reviewers is this week. After that, I need to write a paper that summarizes the conversation and my learning from the review.