Monthly Archives: June 2015

Balancing Teaching and Writing: How to Manage Your Time as a Teaching Assistant and Dissertation Writer

In many graduate programs, students have the opportunity to work as teaching assistants. This can be a great way to finance your education, as teaching assistant positions at many universities come with full or partial tuition fee waivers. Being a teaching assistant is also a form of apprenticeship: it’s designed to give you […]

Beyond Word: Word Processors for Dissertation Writers

When you write a dissertation, you spend a lot of time staring at text on a computer screen. Writing, and doing dissertation formatting and editing takes a long time.  One way to make the process easier is by using writing software or a word processor that is easy to use, that feels good […]

Finding an Outside Committee Member or Outside Reader for Your Dissertation Committee

Many graduate programs require students to have a dissertation committee member who is from outside of the student’s home department or field of study.  This person is often referred to as an “outside committee member” or “outside reader.” Sometimes, this person may be involved throughout the entire dissertation-writing process.  Other times, they may be […]

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