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Personal/Theological Notebook: Dissertation Defense Scheduled 
16th-Feb-2010 11:26 pm
Chicago: Signature Room Night Skyline
The dissertation defense was scheduled today, with incredible painlessness. I had expected to have to trek back and forth, negotiating between people's busy schedules, but I went right down the list and clarity appeared with no effort whatsoever. So on Friday the afternoon of April 9th, 2010, from 230-430pm, I will lay it all out in front of Professors Fahey, Carey, Wood, Mattox and Mueller and discover the final worth of the project. It's an ecclesiological Dream Team, so it will be kind of amazing to have that much attention given to the work, and to hear entirely unexpected perspectives on it, despite whatever foreshadowing I've had from Fahey and from talks with Sullivan. Looking forward to it!

Today was the 14th anniversary of Grandma Novak's death: it doesn't seem possible that it could have been so long.
17th-Feb-2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Nice and short! 3hr is considered short for a viva in physics and astronomy - they don't have a set time limit, just a moderator to stop things getting out of hand! I think mine was somewhere about 3 to 3.5 hours with a break in the middle - I can't actually remember!
18th-Feb-2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Yes, I guess that balances out against how long our overall program is compared to yours, as you pointed out the other week. I suppose the research-intensive side of the UK approach results in that longer gauntlet to run when defending your research conclusions, while in the US the defense comes at the end of this longer process. I don't know if that means we have more opportunities for "mid-course corrections" than you do or not. The defense here certainly still is not a mere formality, but it is considered a strike against a dissertation director, too, if the student gets that far and fails.
17th-Feb-2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Good luck.
18th-Feb-2010 01:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, man! I hope not to need it, but always appreciate having it. :-)

(I select ND-Mike avatar just for you, in response to your cool ND self and avatar)
17th-Feb-2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
You'll be in my prayers for the defense.

It might be the only time you're all together in one room, so definitely good to look at it as an opportunity!
18th-Feb-2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Yes, although the "all together in one room" part just got a little more disappointing for me, as my next entry mentions.

But I'll appreciate the prayers for the occasion: it'll still be the same good faculty experience.
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