Our goal in “What Is A Dissertation?” (aka: #remixthediss) is to showcase, celebrate, and model what it takes to not only produce an innovative dissertation but how to enact the institutional change required to have one approved by your university. That means knowing institutional rules, having the right mentors, being willing to explain yourself in terms of existing structures, goals, and aspirations and how your work moves those along, etc.
This session is about success strategies. We want to name names, praise, document—so others who are at universities where people are not so sure, can use these as a test case (“Hey! This guy at Duke did this, and this other one at Columbia Teacher’s did that, and this gal at UNC did so and so, and these two at the Graduate Center CUNY were both able to x, y, and z . . . . so why can’t we?“)
To that end we hope for many virtual partners and participants. Here are some ways you can join us, and feel free to add others in the Comment box below.
IF YOU WILL BE JOINING AS A VIRTUAL PARTNER, PLEASE USE THE COMMENT SECTION HERE TO SAY SO. WE WANT TO INCLUDE YOU IN OUR PUBLICITY AS A COLLABORATIVE PARTNER.
(1) Schedule a local What Is A Dissertation? workshop at the same time, same date. Watch the video of our panel and use twitter as your backchannel: #remixthediss
(2) Use Twitter to send questions to the panelists at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and one of the Futures Initiative Fellows will pass your question on to the panelist.
(3) Contribute to a live open access Google Doc where we collectively take notes on the best advice from the session–including non-official advice (i.e. “Bring the best chocolate you can find to the dean on the day she/he has to make that decision for or against your innovative proposal and thank her/him in advance for considering it”—NB: I just made that up.)
(4) Contribute to the second live, open access Google Doc on “How To Write and Defend a Non-Traditional/Digital Dissertation.” We will be making a grid of questions with tags so this can become a useful, searchable Web document. For the workshop document sprint, we need you to name your successes,your institution, thank the right people, tell us what worked. You can tell us what did not work only as part of a narrative for what worked. In other words, we all know the failure stores. This is what you did, how you did it, on the way to success. And then full bibliographic reference to your defended dissertation as you want it to appear on a future Hall of Fame.
There are lots of projects out there on the digital dissertation. This is the first we know that is really a how-to. If anyone knows any others, please add those to the comment section below. We do not want to re-invent the wheel. We want to make a better wheel . . .
Again: IF YOU WILL BE JOINING AS A VIRTUAL PARTNER, PLEASE USE THE COMMENT SECTION HERE TO SAY SO. WE WANT TO INCLUDE YOU IN OUR PUBLICITY AS A COLLABORATIVE PARTNER.
And follow us on Twitter: #remixthediss