About Evelyn Tsitas – and her blog

Dr. Evelyn Tsitas is a writer, published author (Handle With Care), eduator and curator with a background in journalism and communications. She currently works at Heide Museum of Modern Art as Learning and Engagement Manager.  In the 12 years Evelyn spent at RMIT University her roles included Sessional Lecturer in Communications, Professional Writing and Creative Writing; Curator at RMIT Gallery; Cultural Engagement Manager at RMIT Culture; and Media, Education and Public Programs Advisor at RMIT Gallery. Evelyn’s roles at the Herald Sun newspaper included; Arts Editor, Feature Writer, Education Editor, Columnist and Senior Journalist.

Evelyn is the winner of the 2008 Scarlet Stiletto Award for Crime Writing, and the 2007 winner of the Sisters in Crime/ Scarlet Stiletto Dorothy Porter prize for innovation in crime writing.  Evelyn also had considerable success with her two operas for children (Software and Bookworm), writing the story and libretto for a small ensemble of professional singers, both of which have been performed in tours for Opera Australia, and the Victoria State Opera.

Evelyn has had much success curating large-scale thematic art exhibitions that are anchored in scholarship (My Monster, Pleasure, Future U at RMIT Gallery), and has also produced several exhibition catalogues, publications, books and critically acclaimed short stories.

As a compassionate, empathetic educator, Evelyn is strongly committed to using her industry skills, experience and knowledge to mentor the next generation of creative practitioners and students.

The evolution of the blog…

Evelyn Tsitas started 100 Days to the Doctorate in 2013 with literally 100 days to go before she handed in her doctorate in Creative Writing at RMIT University, investigating the human animal hybrid in science fiction.

She decided to go public with the trials and hopefully, triumphs ahead in her doctoral journey, and the intense pressure-cooker of life with two kids, two pets, and a full time job and part-time teaching load on top of full time doctoral study. It was a wild ride!

Evelyn’s blog evolved to explore writing, life and career opportunities after post graduate study, as well as the post doctoral career challenges and the reality of the juggle and compromises of motherhood, higher education, creative work and the energetic dance to ‘have it all’…but perhaps, not all at once!

100 Days to the Doctorate – & Beyond encompasses the reflective nature of the post graduate life. What was it all about, anyway? Was it worth the long years of delayed gratification? What do I do now? Is there a use-by date on my research?

In its current incarnation 100 Days to the Doctorate – & Beyond explores the ways that academic research can filter through into all aspects of creative practice. Now working in a cultural setting outside academia, the blog also casts a reflective view on post PhD job prospects and opportunities.

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