Welcome to The PhDictionary

PhDictionary CoverWith more than two decades as a doctoral student, college teacher, and administrator, I’ve tripped over almost every possible misunderstood term, run up against every arcane practice, and developed strategies to deal with them all. In The PhDictionary, I bring both current data and personal stories into definitions of 150 key concepts you need to know (or pretend to know) as you navigate your academic careers. From ABD to white paper—and with buyout, FERPA, gray literature, and soft money in between—each entry contains a helpful definition and plenty of relevant advice.

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