Sara Elvira Galbán-Lozano*, Ligia Garcia-Bejar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aim/Purpose To understand the experiences of full-time university professors at a Mexican university who are pursuing a doctoral degree, this study seeks to describe the experiences of doctoral students who are also university professors. The study focuses on the intentions, experiences, and prospects regarding the decision to study for a doctorate as a university professor. Background This research has a dual background. On the one hand, there is the institutional interest in establishing an academic and professional profile of university professors studying for a doctorate in decision-making. On the other hand, the researchers who conducted this study maintain an interest in deepening knowledge of the doctoral process and researcher training. In the field of educational research, this article seeks to strengthen the almost nil research carried out specifically in Mexico on university professors who study for a doctorate, particularly in private institutions. Methodology The research design is based on the interpretive paradigm, with a qualitative approach and a phenomenological perspective. A semi-structured interview was used to explore the individual experiences of 17 university professors who are studying for a doctorate. Contribution This study is unique in that it explores the personal and professional views of university professors studying for a doctoral degree, providing further insight into academic and professional profiles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-477
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Doctoral Studies
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Secretary of Education in the State of Jalisco Mexico and General Coor-dinator of the project “Leadership in Character Formation in Public Schools in Mexico” funded by the Templeton Foundation. She is a peer evaluator of educational programs by the Committee for the Evaluation of Pedagogy and Education Programs, A. C. Ligia is the Research Secre-tary of the School of Pedagogy and Psychology at the Universidad Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara. She is the Head of the Educational Research Academy and a full-time Researcher and Professor. Her areas of research are research skills training, academic trajectories, media literacy, and issues related to digital media consumption. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from Universidad de los Andes in Chile, a Master’s studies in Radio, Television, and Film at UNT in Denton, Texas, and B.A. in Pedagogy from the Universidad Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara in Mexico.

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  • doctoral studies
  • institutional conditions
  • Mexican context
  • student experiences
  • university professors


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