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Jump-Start Your Dissertation at Holmes Retreat

Please get me through the academic year … and I promise that I will write my dissertation during the summer! is a common refrain among doctoral students who are in the throes of their dissertation work. It seems there is not a single doctoral student or candidate who hasn’t bargained with the “dissertation gods” to finish their dissertation research.

Well, summer is here! Sadly, we are already halfway through the academic break, and soon you’ll have to face the questions: How many pages have you written? How many chapters are completed? How tight is your methodology? Have you exhausted the literature? Are your research questions appropriate? Is your dissertation research IRB-worthy? Are you currently on your dissertation committee’s radar? Have you done everything that you need to do in order to graduate in the fall or spring?

If these questions are keeping you up at night, you are not alone in the struggle! And luckily for you, the AACTE/Holmes Dissertation Retreat and Research Symposium is being held July 26-28 at Rowan University, in Glassboro, New Jersey.

At this retreat, you will not only have access to faculty members who are ready to help contribute to your success, but also be among peers who are–like you–poised for victory. It’s not too late to jump-start your dissertation, with some one-on-one and small workshop-sized help. Session facilitators include research faculty who are steeped in culturally responsive practice, social justice, intersectionality, inclusive preparation, underrepresented populations, and many other specialties.

Here is just a sampling of the sessions you and your peers might attend:

  • From Annotated Bibliography to Dissertation
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • APA 101: It’s More Than Just a Citation
  • Effective Time Management: Keeping Yourself and Your Committee Members “On Task”
  • IRB and Human Subjects Review: Research Ethics and Human Rights in Educational Research
  • Dissecting Research Articles: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • White Papers, Blogs, and Social Media: Linking Research to Policy
  • Peer Mentoring: Maximizing Your Holmes Partnership Relationships Beyond Faculty

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask those burning questions or remove those emotional or psychological obstacles, so that at the end of this summer, you can say, I am READY to face the 2018-2019 “dissertation gods,” with a DONE dissertation!

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Janeula Burt

AACTE Consultant