Judy Backhouse is an author of informative, practical books to help people craft good work lives. She uses her experience in academia, professional practice, business, teaching and management to make things simple and accessible.
Judy is a career nomad. She training as a Mathematician, but dropped out of a PhD in Mathematics to pursue a career in Information Technology, working first in technical roles, and then in management. She returned to academia twelve years later as Head of the School of Information Technology at Monash South Africa. She went on to work for eight years in the Department of Information Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand, including a stint as Head of the School of Economic and Business Sciences. She has also worked in the public sector as the Director responsible for monitoring the South African higher education system and advising the Minister of Higher Education at the South African Council on Higher Education.
She completed her PhD on doctoral education and for five years convened the PhD program in Information Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She processed many PhD applications, interviewed many candidates, taught classes to PhD students, sat on panels to review proposals, listened to tales of woe and triumph from doctoral candidates, examined many PhD theses and attended numerous happy graduations. She draws on this experience in her PhD Paths series.
Judy lives in Porto, Portugal.
by Judy Backhouse
PhD Paths addresses some of the common challenges of doctoral education from deciding to do a PhD and choosing a program, to gaining access. There are also titles that will help you to thrive through each stage of the process up to graduation and beyond. Each book is short, around 25 000 words, and focused, so that you can pick up the information that you need, when you need it. They are written in an accessible style to demystify the unwritten rules, expectations and things you need to know.
This series is specifically for people with professional backgrounds. Its for you if you are an engineer, a business person, a manager, a marketer, a teacher, a government official, a medical doctor, an accountant, an IT specialist, a lawyer or a nurse. If you work in an obscure professional niche, it’s probably for you too. A lot of what I have to share is about the relationship between professional practice and academia, because that seems to be where problems arise. It may also help people in the creative arts because the relationship between practice and academia is similarly complex for these people.
Is a PhD For Me? What Professionals Can Expect From Doctoral Studies
by Judy Backhouse
(5.00 from 1 review)
Every year professionals embark on PhD studies in the hope of learning more and improving their career prospects. Many end up disappointed when they discover that the PhD is an academic degree and the knowledge it produces is not very useful for addressing the problems that arise in practice. This book helps you to understand what you can expect from PhD studies and to decide, before you enroll.
on July 14, 2020
I am at a loss to understand how I lived this long without stumbling on Greg Egan. Schild’s Ladder is a wonderful, old-fashioned (like me) sci-fi novel with just the right mix of real science and imaginative interpretation to make it plausible but mind-expanding. I loved the idea of living in a future where we have escaped from bodies and the identities that they impose and the tension created and exploited around the two different factions and their responses to the growing threat of the novo-vacuum keeps the story engaging. I'm looking forward to making my way through the rest of his books.