We both received “provisional passes” on our proposal hearings.
As you may know, we were at Asbury in Kentucky this week for our long-anticipated proposal hearings. We both received provisional passes, which basically means that we’ve been given the green light to move forward on our dissertation work but that we both need to further develop our field research design (before moving ahead).
We will be using a fairly new research method called Appreciative Inquiry (AI). We need to develop a better understanding of AI and how we will use it in our upcoming field research, which we hope to begin soon after vacation.
On Monday morning, Randy met with his dissertation committee (mentor Russell West, second reader Chris Kiesling, and DMin team representative Milton Lowe). On Wednesday morning, Joleen met with her dissertation committee (mentor Russell West, second reader Stephen Martyn, and DMin team representative Tony Headley). Both sessions were very productive in helping us refine the focus and direction of our work.
Now our attention largely turns to the field research. Our goal is to submit defense-ready drafts to our mentor (Russell) by the end of December or mid-January so that we will have some time for pre-defense editing/polishing work. The exciting thing is that we’re entering the final months of this process; the scary thing is, we’re entering the final months of this process! 🙂