I’m a doctor now.

Just a quick blog tonight to let all of the wonderful people who follow my blog that I am now “Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda”!!!

At 1 pm this afternoon, I defended my 400-page dissertation/book! Being done is the strangest feeling! 

All total, graduate school took eight years, and the dissertation took three years.

I’m excited to see what comes next in my career as a professor and writer/researcher!

And I’m thankful to the many people who have helped along the way. 🙂 ❤

Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda


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14 replies

  1. Congratulations and all the best for your determination and persistence. That is a mountain that I am reluctant to climb.

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  2. It is not that I couldn’t do it. It is a significant time/energy commitment. I have a Masters in education and I believe that the time/energy effort on my part is better spent working on reforms in the morass of middle school. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Just a side note — I see that I have reply to your posts from two addresses, this one and bewinjamn. Same guy, two addresses. I appreciate your blog and the dialog opportunity.

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  3. Congratulations! I truly know what you feel like. You did it on top of having to hold a full-time (?) job as well. I had to switch schools in the middle of the PhD. My PhD took 7 years because of the transfer. But if you include the double Masters degrees, I was in grad school for 9 years. I also did a couple of post-doc research jobs and a couple of adjunct teaching positions before getting a chance at a tenure-track position. So getting a PhD is only the start of a very long road to any level of financial security today, with an extremely likely chance of no security at all. We have very few jobs in our economy that demand PhD skills today.

    I only hope your graduate years did not include what I had to go through. I was so angry during my defense because I had been kicked out of Harvard for not flirting with my major professor. At Harvard back then, the major professor could tell the rest of the committee at the time of the pre-dissertation orals, that he did not want this student and they would vote with him to fail the student. I still had a lot of anger at him when I went through my defense, because of the memory of that Harvard oral exam.

    I did not know that I had such anger until I finished my dissertation defense. I had to think about what happened. I had such respect for my dissertation team that I did not want them to see my anger. They would have completely misinterpreted it. So I could hardly speak at all. (I understand why Hillary Clinton could be so secretive!) They could not understand my deep sobbing afterward. My newer major professor told me that they all wanted me to pass so badly because they really liked my written exam answers so much, and my participation in their classes. So the only trouble I had was with myself!

    Several years afterward, I spoke with a person who started her PhD at Harvard with some of the same professors at the time I was kicked out. She told me that everyone thought I was the victim of sexual harassment. That term was just beginning to be used by the general population. At that time I did not think of it in those terms. It is just another sign of how it often takes a great amount of public discussion before awareness is possible. Given events of this year, we have to realize that misogeny, and all forms of discrimination, haven’t really decreased much, if at all. It’s hidden aspects can have major consequences in an election. Most women still experience it today, although their responses to it may be more diverse. Maybe they have more people in their lives who are willing to talk about it.

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    • So glad you made it through a really awful experience! Wow. No one should have to deal with that.

      In part, my dissertation took longer to write because I wanted to teach and do a few different things. I taught full time part of time time, part time some of time (but the equivalent of full time!). I enjoy teaching and research.

      The journey, I know, is just beginning!!


  4. Congratulations Dr. Pegoda!

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  5. Nobody deserves the title more.

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  6. Congrats, Doc! Now… about that increase in salary…. 🙂

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  7. This is outstanding news Dr. Andrew Pegoda! Unless I miss my hunch, you have likely considered your next great challenge.

    Among other skills, you taught me to blog last year. Wow! I need to finish my paperwork and get busy studying here in Florida.

    Thanks for the inspiration. Try to enjoy Thanksgiving.

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