Maybe you thought that once I defended my dissertation I was done. Not so fast.
Unlike my comps and my proposal, I didn’t exactly get a clear pass on my dissertation. Instead, I got a pass with revisions. Revisions included getting the length of the dissertation closer to 350 pages (from 450–ouch!), fixing some formatting issues, and a few other mostly minor changes.
I was able to get all the changes made in just a few days, but then I needed to get approval from my first reader and also from the document assistant (the person responsible for checking formatting). That took more than a couple of days and as a result I didn’t quite get done before we had to leave for the States.
That meant I had to ask for the assistance of a very helpful and willing Don Oleson who printed out two copies of the document on special archive quality paper and then hand delivered them to the document assistant who checked them out–and found a few more errors in formatting. Unfortunately, Don had to return home to Rockford, make the changes, print out the extra pages and deliver the documents once more the following day before leaving for a long trip that same day.
Special thanks to Don and Luaine Oleson on that one.
Electronic ProQuest Copy
But that still wasn’t all. Once all the changes were made, then I had to submit an electronic copy to ProQuest, a company which archives and copyrights dissertations from all over the world. Then, once submitted, that electronic copy also had to be reviewed once again by the document fellow who only then sent approval to the records office so that now, finally, I am completely, officially done with the PhD program.
Fireworks and party horns!
One More Two Things
Except there is one more thing. I don’t have the paperwork yet. And maybe just one other one thing. I also need my degree to be recognized here in Europe. So now all I have to do is request the paperwork from Trinity and begin the process called “nostrification” so I can actually finally, legitimately, teach at the university here in Slovakia