A good working relationship with your dissertation chair can make the difference between finishing your dissertation, thesis or capstone, or languishing in the no man or woman’s land where an unfinished dissertation stands between you and a PhD or MA. This blog post will provide insight into the world of professors in research Universities and practical tips on forming a good working relationship with the chair of your committee.
University professors are generally very busy with teaching classes, doing research, and mentoring their graduate students. It is your job in the face of your chair’s hectic schedule and many pressures to, on the one hand, assert your needs for their time and expertise and, on the other hand, respect and understand their role and their limitations. I always advise my students to make a tight relationship with their chair and other key members of their committee.
Below are some practical steps you can take to make your dissertation chair a key ally and valuable resource:
Take the time and forethought to develop a good working relationship with the chair of your committee. Neglecting this relationship will lead to misunderstanding, inefficiency, and unhappy surprises in the course of your research. It could even lead to a breakdown in the process and impede your finishing your PhD or MA. Developing this relationship will allow you to reap the benefits of the wisdom and experience of your chair in academia, research, and the politics of your department in the University. A good chair whom you work well with can help you solve problems, find resources, and navigate the obstacle course that is your graduate program. They can also help you gain insight in your field through their understanding of research and your field of study. If you nurture this relationship and use some of the tips mentioned in this blog, you can develop a fruitful partnership with your dissertation chair and will gain a valuable ally in completing your work efficiently.
#All But Dissertation
A Research and Analysis Proposal (click to download white paper) is a great way to organize the hard work you've done on your dissertation and clear a path to finish the last hurdle to your diploma. I have written a white paper on how to (1) document your research questions and analysis, (2) get your chairs approval to move ahead, and (3) align all of your previous work with your clear path to finish your dissertation. Take a look at this white paper, and get your dissertation on track to your final destination - a PhD.
Click here to download the Research and Analysis Proposal template and white paper with a full explanation.
(click to download now!) The Dissertation Game Plan (click to download now!)
Whether you are just getting your dissertation started or you have finished all of your courses and are waist deep in the formidable task of completing a dissertation, everyone needs a game plan to complete their dissertation and go from doctoral candidate to PhD. The Dissertation Game Plan is a practical and realpolitik guide to shedding that annoying ABD (All But Dissertation) label and putting yourself into gear and moving toward dissertation completion!
The Dissertation Game Plan provides an excellent framework to (1) organize the enormous task and many parts to put in place to finish your dissertation, (2) effectively communicate with the critical stakeholders (mainly your dissertation chair) that will get you to the completion of your dissertation, and (3) help you keep the scope of your dissertation manageable given your resources. The Dissertation Game Plan not only explains the ins and outs of the dissertation, but also provides detailed worksheets in the appendix to organize, communicate, and make a plan that will allow take charge of your dissertation and power through the work of getting it done.
Completing a dissertation with empirical research is an enormous task, but a good plan, a little help, and a lot of work will get you to your goal of dissertation and PhD completion. Don't let anybody put you in the condescending category of "All Bud Dissertation." You are a doctoral candidate who is on their way to their PhD. You have already invested significant time and money toward your goal of becoming a PhD. Download The Dissertation Game Plan to make a plan, get into gear, finish the job and collect the PhD you richly deserve.
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The Dissertation Game Plan!
The Divide Between the Jargons - SPSS Output and APA Format...
After the formidable work of collecting, inputing, and finally analyzing the data for your dissertation in SPSS (or another statistics package), one last hurdle stands between you and completing your dissertation - writing your results in APA format. Unfortunately, the output from SPSS and many other statistics package is formatted with cryptic labels and statistics jargon that is not congruous with the final language you will have to write up your results in - English with notations in APA format.
The Bridge to APA - A Step by Step Guide to Writing Up Correlation Analysis
The disconnect between the idiosyncrasies of statistical output and APA format can be maddening, but I've created a guide that walks you through converting your SPSS bi-variate correlation analysis into written APA compliant language. Download the guide to decode the language of SPSS and unlock the key to APA formatted written results!
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