We are excited to share the reflections of some of the Dissertation to Publication (DTP) workshop participants on the workshop. These doctoral alumni recently completed their doctoral dissertations, attended the DTP workshop to turn their dissertations into publishable manuscripts, and submitted them to peer-reviewed journals by the end of the workshop. Their reflections are provided below.
Fall of 2022 DTP Workshop
“The DTP workshop was enjoyable and helped me to understand strategic ways in converting the dissertation into a solid manuscript that was suitable for publication. Each assignment gave me insights that were useful in writing other journal articles and essential in moving research forward. Dr. Karen Johnson was assigned to help me during the workshop, and she provided enormous assistance in ensuring that my manuscript contained the essential elements of a well-formed scholarly article. Thank you for offering such an important workshop for students and alumni.”, by Dr. Tiffany D. Brooks, DM/IST, Graduation: 2022; Title of Manuscript: “Forecasting cyber vetting within tenant screening and selection processes: A quantitative Delphi.”, Reviewer: Dr. Johnson
"Being a part of the DTP Workshop has been life-changing for me. I am so honored to have been able to work alongside each of you monthly. Your enthusiasm, support, and wisdom really provoked me and further inspired me to want to write my manuscript and to name and present the need for spiritual care in healthcare. Preparing my manuscript provided me with the opportunity to read my dissertation through a different lens and be proud. I am hopeful that the success you mentioned at the beginning of our workshop is received and celebrated by many. We couldn’t have done it successfully without you. Thank each of you for your time, heart, and inspirational support to me.", by Dr. Karma McDonald, Graduation: 2018, Manuscript title: “Education factors inhibiting nurses from providing spiritual care: A qualitative narrative inquiry”, Reviewer: Dr. Underdahl
The DTP Workshop provided extremely detailed instructions for transforming a lengthy dissertation into a concise journal article with limited space and specific requirements. I appreciated the helpful insights from the instructor panel as well as the insights from the robust doctoral participant group. The workshop was very informative with regard to specific elements to include and avoid or omit from the original manuscript. I actually enjoyed learning how to post my assignments in the Teams format. Initially, it was disappointing that I had not been “added” to the Teams site as a student of the 2022 DTP Workshop. It did take a few telephone calls, a University of Phoenix tech team intervention, and then more emails and requests for permissions to join the specific Teams “channel”. After I finally got to the correct site, I liked the way that the assignment submission folders were logically arranged and automated. It was also invigorating to see former classmates in the workshop, and it was encouraging to see the posted publications from the 2021 DTP success archives, written by authors that I personally know. I am proud to be a University of Phoenix doctoral graduate. Follow-up workshops, seminars, resources, and programs such as this, places the University of Phoenix in high standing. I thought it interesting that some of the participants were doctoral graduates from other colleges and universities that perhaps did not offer DTP workshops. A special thank you to Dr. Sandy Nunn for her patience, personal guidance, and display of care and concern for the success of my DTP outcome." , by Dr. Linda Green, Graduation: 2021, Title of Manuscript: "The Effects of a Technology-Based Pre-Apprenticeship Model on American Workforce Development: A Quantitative Study", Reviewer: Dr. Nunn
"I just completed my dissertation three months ago, so honestly, the last thing I want to do right now is writing more...This course was exactly what I needed to push me. One of the most beneficial aspects of this class was holding me accountable. Breaking it out into sections made things more practical and able to complete. Great communication and I feel this was very beneficial! The PowerPoint slides I found so helpful when completing my sections. I printed them out and was able to use them as a reference.", by Dr. Joy Hughes, Graduation: 2022, Title of Manuscript: "Domestic Violence Impact and Policy Implementation in Oklahoma", Reviewer: Dr. Nunn
"This dissertation-to-publication class was a learning experience and the next step in my academic journey. Attending the sessions was invaluable as Dr. Kebritchi’s forums provided all the information needed. I made sure I had time to devote to the program and kept up with all the deadlines so I could get all my feedback and make changes to submit on time. Even if my manuscript is not accepted, just the accomplishment of knowing how to create a manuscript and go through the process is a personal success and achievement to me. Dr. Nunn, thank you for your guidance. ", by Dr. Abigail Viar, Graduation: 2021, Title of Manuscript: "Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth in Trinidad and Tobago: 2008-2017", Reviewer: Dr. Nunn
"I had some apprehension and uncertainty about having the time to commit to meeting the deadlines after the initial meeting. I am very grateful for the support I received from you and the team. Your patience and encouragement made the journey more manageable than expected, assisting me in overcoming barriers, such as time constraints. I found the program to be very valuable. Over the last two and a half years, I have researched how to proceed in preparing my dissertation for publication. Many new doctoral graduates will likely have the same need for answers. The workshop provided the answers I was seeking. The experience I gained in these past weeks has given me a renewed goal to continue developing and perfecting my research skills for future writing. I have learned a lot in this workshop. Thank you again for the commitment and support you conveyed to me during these past weeks.", by a DTP participant, Reviewer: Dr. Sandy Nunn
"Reflecting on my experience throughout the previous months, I surely have benefited a lot. I was able to learn about the publishing aspect of our academic research. Honestly, I thought that journals would value academic research and thus be willing to avail editing resources at their end to transform dissertations into publishable articles. I developed my understanding of the collaborative work between scholars, academic institutions, and publishing journals. I so much appreciated the collaboration we had over the past months. This has significantly contributed to my professional and academic development. Thank you so much.", by a DTP participant, Reviewer: Dr. Sandy Nunn
Spring of 2022 DTP Workshop
"I did not know getting published was a process. I have been rejected by two journals I was attracted to from articles they published. The skill is in selecting the right journal and following their guidelines. Thank you for an exceptional workshop. The value of the guidance from the workshop made the publishing process manageable. Best Regards" By Dr. Willie Newell
"My experience on the Dissertation to Publication workshop presented by the University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies was rewarding. Beginning with Mansureh Kebritchi, the Workshop University Research Chair was a voice of clarity and ease. Dr. Kebritchi’s power point presentations were comprehensive from start to finish. And was useful after each session because the PPT were forwarded to all participants. All the workshop reviewers provided useful and valuable feedback during our open question and answer settings. They created a space where all concerns were addressed without intimidation. The forum increased my enthusiasm and eagerness to deliver the final product. I appreciated everyone’s willingness to support us in our journey to be publish. My reviewer Dr. Sandy Nunn provided support with a caring approach that made the hills that we encountered manageable. One of the tasks that I enjoy was the update of my references. During the first Dissertation to Publishing workshop, although my dissertation is a year old, 80% of my reference needed updating. I enjoyed updating them because I realized more recent publications had been done on similar topic or method. Which meant that a change in policies could be on the horizon for small businesses and entrepreneurs. And that acknowledgement of the inequities that exist is part of a bigger conversation. During the final stage of the manuscript development, Dr. Nunn and I recognized that I needed to reduce the content by 15 pages. The sudden pressure was undesirable but Dr. Sandy Nunn extended a flexible schedule for further question or support I may need to reach the deadline. Her availability helped me reach the submissions deadlines." By Dr. Elvire Daniels
"Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be part of the Dissertation to Publication Workshop. The following are some of the things I have gained from taking part in the workshop.
- The handouts that were given prior to the start of the workshop were very clear, and detailed information on the different types of journals were discussed
- The knowledge of how to select journals that are not predatory was a key takeaway
- The recording of the sessions served me well as it gave me a chance to review the material a second time step-by-step in my spare time
- Even though I was just auditing, the deadlines were critical for getting steps completed in a timely manner and provided a sense of urgency towards getting things done
- The call received by my reviewer, Dr. Nunn, was very informative. She went over some of the material in the handouts and provided insight on the later sessions that was yet to come
- The workshop provided clarity and a holistic view on the process towards getting my dissertation published
- With this clarity provided a sense of confidence in moving forward resting assure that I know what I am doing
Thank you once again. I do look forward to being part of the next Dissertation to Publication Workshop in September when I may be finished with my study and ready to get my work published." By Shahir Mohammed (Audited Workshop)
Fall of 2020 DTP workshop
Betzaida Arroyo, DM (Doctoral of Organizational Management), Graduated on July 2020, Submitted the article to a peer reviewed journal on Dec 2, 2020
I’m truly appreciative that this program exists. It is my understanding that it’s the only program like this! So, Kudos to the University and the dedicated instructors who make this program possible. I thought that breaking the program up into five sessions made the task less daunting. I was able to work on my publication one section at a time and allowed for feedback and suggestions for improvement. I only almost exclusively worked on the weekends. I’m also in the middle of packing my house for moving, as I just sold and bought a house, plus the stress of social distancing holidays had me on edge. However, despite it all, I was able to complete this series and submit to my journal. I was wondering how I would fill my time during this pandemic, so I’m hopeful my manuscript gets accepted, so that I gain the confidence needed to write more articles. I’m certainly interested in a myriad of management research projects. Thank you all who willingly led a hand, so that the next generation of academic researchers can continue to engage others in the creation of new knowledge. Stay curious!
Lorraine Hover, PhD, RN (Doctoral of Philosophy in Nursing), Graduated on May 2020, Submitted the article to a peer reviewed journal on Dec 2, 2020
It has been a goal of mine to be published and this workshop gave me the tools and the opportunity to grow into the role of "Doctor and Scholar" in an aspect which is often concentrated on for tenure and yet not really taught in school. What a marvelous opportunity to stretch my wings, gain new skills, and come away with skills I will use moving forward. I think UOPX should be congratulated on providing this workshop for doctoral graduates - it reveals that the university is dedicated to developing scholars and leaders, not simply pushing them through to a degree.
We often speak of paradigms and shifting them. I feel I have shifted another paradigm in my thinking and processing of information. One, I feel more respect for those who publish, two, I have a great understanding of what is expected of me, not only when I write, but as a professional. Thirdly, I have grown in ways I didn't expect. I realized while I was making small progress on the actual writing of the article, I was actually accomplishing quite a bit of the "leg work" of what is needed to write - similar to conducting your literature search and reading abstracts for a few hundred articles for your dissertation - the work is vital to the overall success and yet it doesn't appear on the pages you are writing on. I have gained a greater appreciation for that background work and realized that just because the paper has only had 2 sentences added that day, does NOT mean you are being idle and slacking off on your goal. Writing is not the only part of "writing" an article, it is simply, the end product of a lot of other work that is often painstakingly tedious!
Mary Hanna PhD, RN, CEN (Doctoral of Philosophy in Nursing), Graduated on April 2020, Submitted the article to a peer reviewed journal on Dec 2, 2020
Writing has never been my strong point. I was terrified of the thought of formulating a manuscript to submit to a journal. Scientific writing required to complete dissertation was the most challenging writing of my career. The thought of condensing dissertation writing into a storytelling style required of a manuscript seemed nearly impossible to me. Each time our group Zoom meetings occurred I became less and less frightened and more and more energized to complete the manuscript on schedule.
This experience has given me the courage to continue on and learn to publish many more articles in peer review journals. This way of disseminating knowledge helps to make the profession of nursing scientific through the use of theory as a framework, the use of research, and the use of both theory and research into practice. The overall purpose of this exercise in publishing helps to make patient care and nursing better for both nurses and patients. I feel accomplished by submitting my manuscript for publication and I look forward to committing to the cause and taking feedback from the publishers to get my manuscript published. Thank you for this opportunity to learn and grow professionally.
Rebecca Sledge, Ph.D. (Doctoral of Philosophy Industrial and Organizational Psychology), Graduated on Oct 2020, Submitted the article to a peer reviewed journal on Dec 2, 2020
The DTP workshops were well put together and delivered in an easy-to-understand format by Dr. Kebritchi. I liked that the workshop was divided into multiple sessions to allow writers times to digest the information and write sections. I gained new information that helped me to draft a publication manuscript. Without the workshop, it would have been difficult to put together the manuscript. The DTP workshops should continue being offered to UPOX graduates.
Evelyn Houston Bell, PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing), Graduated on Nov 2019, Submitted the article to a peer reviewed journal on Dec 2, 2020
I have to admit that at times the process was a little daunting, as it was reminiscent of my dissertation proposal completion. Making the determination as to what is appropriate for a dissertation versus a journal article was a little tricky. However, as I moved closer to the development of my manuscript, I was able to breathe a little easier. I am forever grateful for the valuable information received related to the many pieces required for a successful journal publication acceptance. The workshop meetings provided so much information, but it was always helpful to have the meeting recordings available as a reminder of the important points that were addressed.