Hello. My name is Chris Golde. For nearly 25 years I have been kicking around the graduate education enterprise. Student, professor, researcher, speaker, advisor, writer, dean-like administrator, consultant, scholar.
What motivates this blog? Helping doctoral students to thrive while they are students, and helping them make successful transitions into their professional lives. More about my point of view is in my first post Let’s Get Started. This blog is an opportunity to connect with a wide community of people and have a conversation about graduate education.
I like to fix things. This is what I loved about the job of Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Stanford University, a position I held from 2007 through mid-2015. I answered questions, solved problems, and helped improve graduate students’ lives. My favorite kind of teaching involves demystifying the ways of graduate education and transitions into careers. I mostly do this in workshops and presentations.
My scholarly life focuses on explaining and improving doctoral education, with an eye towards disciplinary differences. I started my love of graduate education as a PhD student (1990-1996), at Stanford, in the School of Education. My dissertation was about why doctoral students leave their PhD programs. Over the years I have written a number of articles and chapters. I am tickled that I have published in venues for a number different disciplines, including English, geography, mathematics, and, of course, education.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison hired me as an assistant professor of educational administration in 1996. While at UW, I published At Cross Purposes (2001), a report on the results of a national survey on doctoral education that I conducted with Tim Dore. After five years in Wisconsin, I returned to California.
For the next six years (2001-2007) I was a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, serving as the Research Director for the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate. I coedited Envisioning the Future of Graduate Education (2006) and co-wrote The Formation of Scholars (2009).
These days I am working part-time in Stanford’s Vice Provost for Graduate Education office. This provides me the time to work on this blog. This blog is neither affiliated with Stanford, nor with the company Gradlogic. It reflects my opinions and my observations. I am also co-editing a collection of essays we call the “All I Needed to Survive in Grad School” project. We are actively soliciting contributions.
When I was in graduate school, at Stanford, in the 1990s, Gordon Dow, with whom I played College Bowl (an academic quiz game), observed that my name anagrammed to Shred Logic. That has become a favorite code name. When I was casting about for a name for the blog, Ken suggested “Grad Logic.” The opportunity to work my code name, as a secret brand, into the title of the blog was irresistible.
From time to time, you will hear about my husband Ken. He is the primary photographer for the blog. He is also a researcher at SRI, International. We met walking our dogs, and got married in 2014. Neville, my dog, will certainly pop his furry head into the blog. When I am writing he is either snoring in the corner on his purple blanket, or pushing his nose under my left hand urging me to stop typing and throw his squeaky toy for him.
One more thing. A friend advised me to explain how to pronounce my name. The “E” in Golde is pronounced, like Gold-ie (or Goldilocks). I don’t get huffy about it, but I do love my name. When my father came to the US from post-World-War-Two Germany, on a Fulbright scholarship, to be a PhD student at Stanford, he decided to keep pronouncing the E, as one does in German. I am proud to retain that tradition.
Thank you for visiting. I would love to hear from you. What questions do you have? What ideas do you have for blog posts?