Lyon, Melissa Lynn (2020, in press). Reflections of the first half marathon in preparation to complete a dissertation using Q methodology. In Noran L. Moffett (Ed.), Creating a framework for dissertation preparation: Emerging research and opportunities (Chap 8, pp. 147-166). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. (doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9707-0.ch008) (Link:

Abstract: This chapter provides the perspective of a current Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student in the dissertation phase of an Educational Leadership program at a historically Black university in the southeastern United States. The author reflects upon key stepping-stones along the journey that were impactful to her in hopes of inspiring other students. The chapter begins with the author’s reflections on making the decision to apply and beginning the program. The author’s reflections on navigating the journey includes developing support systems, overcoming internal blocks, and finding balance. The author also reflects upon the benefits and pitfalls of choosing to implement Q methodology, a non-traditional research methodology, in her dissertation. As the author continues the journey to completion of her program, she looks forward to the opportunities that the future may hold.

Melissa L Lyon <> is in the Department of Educational Leadership, Fayetteville State University,

Fayetteville, NC (USA).