Tuesday, April 21, 2015

There is a Doctor in the house

Yesterday my second youngest daughter successfully defended her thesis and is now Doctor Hingston.  She completed her study of Disabilities in Victorian Literature at the University of Victoria, BC, which she began in 2009.  For four of those years she also taught two classes in English Literature and moved from teaching first year students to upper years.

As a friend said about his son's PhD thesis in organic chemistry, "In deference to his parents, the first few sentences were in English".  That is how I feel too. But she is published and has presented at enough international conferences that obviously someone understands.

The international conferences are a meat market for grad students.  It is all about networking and impressing those in the audience whom you hope will be in a position of influence when you approach them for a position.

That is her next challenge.  Find a job or a post-doc. The problem of course is that most universities are hiring high priced administration and use very lowly paid contract "Adjunct Professors" to do the teaching.

However for now she is just celebrating completion of her degree.  Papa and all her siblings are proud.

Celebrating a successful defense at the Faculty Club


  1. Congratulations to Dr. Hingston and her proud family! :-)

  2. Congratulations to both of you.
    the Ol'Buzzard

  3. Ah yes a PhD. That and a dollar will get you a Tim Hortons coffee.

    Seriously tell her to try and stay away from the ivy covered halls. They tend to look for indentured servants. Main reason I never went after my masters.

  4. Thanks all of you for your good wishes.

  5. Congratulations on your daughter getting her Piled Higher and Deeper.


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