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Countdown to Mother's Day: Day Nineteen Tiffany Wilson

In honor of Mother's Day, Doctoral Mom would like to introduce you to the amazing women that make up the Doctoral Mom group. Join us as we listen to their advice and stories.

Today we have Tiffany Wilson from Alverno College. Tiffany is a mother to two and her area of study is Education.


What advice would you give to new mothers?

"Carve out time every day to bond with your children. No matter what stresses and deadlines surround you."

What’s your favorite part of being a mother? Can you give us a specific example?

"Watching their personalities and talents blossom."

How did you manage juggling the various aspects of motherhood while working and pursuing your doctorate?

"I always have a “to do” list for deadlines and goals. My husband helps with cooking and entertaining the kids while I study and write."

Walk us through your daily schedule.

"Music Educator 7:45am-3:15pm

Piano teacher 3:15-5:00pm

Mom and wife 5:00-8:00pm

Course Homework, research, and writing: during work preps and weekends."

Doctoral Program

What was the most challenging part about starting your doctorate?

"Overcoming my fears and imposter syndrome."

How did you choose your advisor and/or committee?

"I found professors that specialized in both my topic and methodology (mixed methods)."

What is/was your dissertation topic?

"Positive effects of an SEL embedded Orff Approach."

What is the most difficult part of the dissertation process?

"The literature review."

If you could do something over, what would it be?

"Gain a stronger understanding of statistics and quantitative analysis before beginning the data collection."

How did the program impact your relationships (romantic, family, friendships, etc.)?

"I have less time to spend with my children and husband because my weekends are filled with course homework, writing, and research."

What tips do you have that might make it easier for mothers who are thinking about pursuing their doctorate?

"You can do this, but you need to organize every detail of the process with to do lists, a well plotted calendar, and fun times with family."


Where are you in your career journey?

"I am working to move from elementary education to higher Ed."

What were your biggest struggles and how was Doctoral Mom Incorporated helpful to you?

"My self-doubt and imposter syndrome."

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