Saturday, March 24, 2007

Two Milestones, No Libraries

I'm happy to report this is the first Saturday in a couple of months (not counting weekends out of town) where I will not go into my campus office for the day. The reason: last Wednesday about at 3:30 AM, I turned in a draft of my dissertation proposal to DC, "in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Large Midwest University." DC is leaving tomorrow for two weeks, and she won't have time to read it till she's traveling back to town. That's OK: I need a little break here. Hopefully it'll be just about ready to go, and I can set up a defense within the couple of weeks or so after her return.

In addition, yesterday I turned in my documentation for the Protection of Human Subjects (Institutional Review Board, or IRB) approval process. This is to prove I'm not planning on injecting my interview participants with air and then sitting around to see what happens. I got DC's signature on those forms just before she jetted out of here, so I'm glad to have that ball rolling. It's good I have the two-week buffer till DC can read the proposal, because it may take that long to get the IRB approval completed.

So, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. Heck, the tunnel itself is getting shorter. I CAN'T WAIT to start interviewing my participants and actually collecting data to see where this grounded theory study is gonna go.

Today Wife and I are pondering what we'll do together will all this Time. We're taking a vacation in May for our tenth wedding anniversary. She asked me to go with her TO THE LIBRARY today to check out some books to plan the trip. The LIBRARY? more books! Maybe we'll go get some mulch for the flower beds, or paint the kitchen, or something....but not the library!!!


Mel said...

WOO-HOO! That is awesome!

EA said...

Congratulations!! Nearly had a heart attack when you said you were just making application to the IRB...then you said should take about two weeks to get it back from them...I melted into a pile of mush and bones on the floor...(our IRB takes a semester turn around time)...
Yahoo!! Hope you had a grand time yesterday!!

Rob said...

Thanks y'all!

EA, an ENTIRE SEMESTER for IRB?? That's unreal. I'm actually supposed to hear back no later than this coming Friday. I'm assuming I'll need to send something back, so two weeks is average. It COULD be one week though. Man a semester would be rough.