Anyway, Here's What Happened

So I went to Greenville, SC on April 2, 2007 to give my “final defense” of my dissertation. At 3:00 p.m. EDT, I began to go through my presentation. During the presentation, it became obvious that I had used a term in a technical sense that I had not defined. The two committee members that were unfamiliar with qualitative research really got “hung up” with my use of the term “meaning unit.” By the end of the presentation and questioning, I think they understood, but I also understood that a lot of other people reading the dissertation (whoever that may be!) would also get “hung up” on that phrase.

So I had to find a good definition of the term (you can’t make up anything in a dissertation) and also consistently use the term throughout the paper. I also thought, and it was suggested to include all the “meaning units” that I had used in four appendixes of the paper.

Well, on Monday, April 2, 2007, my paper was 125 pages long. This morning April 9, 2007, I sent what I believe is a finally fully finished dissertation — 235 pages long. It’s been a long and tense week. Now, most of those pages were simply copy and paste, but they did need to be formatted and proofed.

A long time ago, I was told that once I had successfully defended my dissertation, I could be called “Doctor.” Thank you to all who cared to pay attention or pray for me. I appreciate it.

Jeff Voegtlin, Ed.D



  1. Congratulations, my friend! And I mean that in more than the “technical” sense. I may well call upon your newly-discovered expertise when I get that far along with the process. By the way, you do know what you call two people with doctorates who happened to be standing side by side: they are a paradox.

  2. Congratulations Doctor!! I am so happy to hear that you made it. I will look forward to reading many good things from your pen in the days to come.

  3. So any way, I just want to so I am really happy for you. I know, you know I was just kidding, but I am sure some would think I was being disrespectful towards you. I am sorry if it appeared that way.

    On another note, aren’t you happy you can say that school is over, that you are finally done? Not that anyone can ever be done with learning, but to finally be out of school as a student is always a nice feeling.

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