This course will provide you with tips and strategies to successfully write your dissertation. Ideally, you should view this course before you have completed your dissertation proposal. A good portion of the advice provided in this course will tell you what to do during the proposal writing process and the data collection process that will make your writing go smoother.
You will learn about alternative formats for writing your dissertation and how you can use analytic memos during the data collection phase to help you finish in a timely manner. When it comes to writing your dissertation, you will learn how to make a timeline, create a plan for getting your writing done, and learn how to get feedback from others in ways that will support (and not confuse) you. Finally, you will think a bit about where to publish your work and consider some outlets for your work beyond a traditional manuscript.
Before you launch into writing your dissertation, let's back up a minute and reconsider the dissertation proposal.
What are the contents of a strong proposal? What are some discussions to have with your adviser and committee in advance of writing it?
How are proposals organized? What are some different ways you can format them? How do you decide?
Staying up on the latest research in your field is important. Make sure you take the time to read while you are collecting data, and it will pay off.
Learn what an analytic memo is and how writing them during data collection can make your dissertation writing smoother.
As you begin writing your dissertation, you will need to consider the format you want it to take. While you can take a traditional approach, there are also alternative approaches that might fit your needs and support your career.
Making a timeline - both at a macro and micro level - can help move your towards completion.
Getting your dissertation done means making time to write. But how do you do that? How often should you write? What are some common roadblocks and how can you overcome them?
Getting feedback on your draft is essential. However, it is important to be thoughtful about who you ask and when you ask.
As you write your dissertation, it's important to think about how you want to repackage it for publications.
How can you use social media to your advantage? Think about ways to share your work beyond traditional publications and conferences.
Dr. Leigh A. Hall is an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She began publishing academic manuscripts during her second year as a doctoral student at Michigan State University. By the time she earned her Ph.D., Dr. Hall had five manuscripts published or in press. To date, she has published 26 manuscripts in top-tier academic journals including The Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Research in the Teaching of English. Dr. Hall has extensive experience in writing, publishing, and reviewing manuscripts and in working with novices in learning how to navigate the publishing process.