University of Wisconsin–Madison

2019 Summer Dissertation Proposal Workshop Schedule

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May 20–24, 2019
Howard University
Washington, DC

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Janet Griffin-Graves, Howard University
Lonnie Berger, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Haydar Kurban, Howard University
9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Session I: Conducting Research: Where Do I Begin? Determining the What? When? and Why? of a Research Project
The session will discuss the initial stages of conducting research covering the topics of research strategy, formulating the research question and theoretical framework.
David Pate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Presentation
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Discussion of Daily Goal and/or Research Question
Small Groups
1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Individual Work/Mentor Consultation
4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Report on Daily Goal and/or Research Question
Small Groups

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019

 
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Session II: Strategies for Determining the Appropriate Research Method, Selecting Variables, and Collecting Data
The purpose of this session is to assist students with developing strategies and making decisions during the research process. Specifically, we will highlight strategies for selecting appropriate research methods and variables when collecting data. We will also describe how to manage the research process when there is limited data. Real and hypothetical examples will be provided to stimulate discussion. Participants will be given opportunities to discuss and develop strategies for their own research projects.
Kenneth Anderson, Howard University
Presentation 1
Haydar Kurban, Howard University
Presentation 2
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Discussion of Daily Goal
Small Groups
1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Individual Work/Mentor Consultation
4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Report on Daily Goal
Small Groups

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019

 
9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Discussion of Daily Goal
Small Groups
9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Individual Work
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Session III: Separating the Wheat From the Chaff: Effective Strategies for Culling the Literature
Description: How to begin, revise, and synthesize materials for your scholarly area of interest. This workshop will include searching for materials, documenting relevant materials, finding gaps in the literature, drawing out your unique contributions from the literature, and a pathway to writing dissertation materials without going too far down literature rabbit holes.
Marci Ybarra, University of Chicago
Presentation
1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Individual Work/Mentor Consultation
4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Report on Daily Goal
Small Groups
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019  
9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Discussion of Daily Goal
Small Groups
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Individual Work
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Session IV: Surviving the Proposal Writing Process: Staying on Track while Maintaining Your Sanity
Learn first-hand from professors how to deal with some of the nagging problems that can slow down the completion of your dissertation proposal and overall Ph.D. work. Specifically, mentors will address questions related to managing time effectively, creating a realistic timeline, setting realistic and attainable goals, minimizing stress, overcoming writer’s block and procrastination, and working effectively with an advisor.
Kenneth Anderson, Howard University
Haydar Kurban, Howard University
David Pate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Marci Ybarra, University of Chicago
1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Individual Work/Mentor Consultation
4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Report on Daily Goal
Small Groups
FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019  
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Session V: Proposal Presentations—Groups 1 and 2
During this session, participants in groups 1 and 2 will present their draft dissertation proposal and get feedback from workshop mentors and other participants to help clarify and strengthen their final proposal and, ultimately, their study.
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Session VI: Proposal Presentations—Groups 3 and 4
During this session, participants in groups 3 and 4 will present their draft dissertation proposal and get feedback from workshop mentors and other participants to help clarify and strengthen their final proposal and, ultimately, their study.
4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Workshop Wrap-Up

Suggested Readings & Examples

Boote, David N. and Beile, Penny. 2005. “Scholars Before Researchers: On the Centrality of the Dissertation Literature Review in Research Preparation.” Educational Researcher, Vol. 34, No. 6, pp. 3–15.

DiCerbo, Patricia A.,  Anstrom, Kristina A., Baker, Lottie L.,  and Rivera, Charlene. 2014. “A Review of the Literature on Teaching Academic English to English Language Learners.” Review of Educational Research, Vol. 84, No. 3, pp. 446–482 .