Developing Quality Dissertations in the Humanities
A Graduate Student's Guide to Achieving Excellence

Paper: 978 1 57922 260 4 / $9.95
 
Published: December 2008  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 024 8 / $95.00  
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Published: December 2011  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
48 pp., 8 1/2" x 11"
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Series: Developing Quality Dissertations
This is one of three short booklets designed to be given to graduate students as they begin their studies.

These booklets explain the purposes of the dissertation and the criteria by which it will be assessed. They help students understand the context of their course work; the need to take an active role in shaping their studies; and the importance of thinking ahead about the components of the dissertation and the quality of scholarship they will need to demonstrate.

These booklets are intended to support the dissertation research and writing process by providing faculty and advisors with guidelines for setting clear expectations for student performance, and with a model for helping students produce the desired quality of work.

They encourage dialogue between faculty and students about the quality of the components of their dissertation project. They include rubrics that students can use to self-assess their work and that can aid faculty in providing focused feedback.

Setting explicit targets and benchmarks of excellence of the sort advocated in these booklets will enable departments and universities to respond to demands for accountability with clear criteria for, and evidence of, success; and will raise the overall quality of student performance.

Table of Contents:
List of Tables; Preface: To the Faculty; Preface: to the Student; 1) Identifying the Purpose of the Dissertation; 2) Understanding Originality and Significance; 3) Aiming for Excellence in the Dissertation; 4) Maintaining Consistent Quality Within the Dissertation; 5) Achieving Excellence; Appendix A: Tasks of the Humanities Division; Appendix B: Advice for Writing a Humanities Dissertation; Making the Implicit Explicit: About the Study; About the Authors.


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"If you are a new doctoral student or a master student thinking about obtaining a doctoral degree within the next few years, please prepare for the live orientation session in August by getting a copy of one of these Lovitts & Wert booklets (from Stylus Publications; also available in the University bookstore and Library), and reading it. We think that you will want your own copy to keep notes as you work your way through your degree program.

Lovitts BE, Wert EL (2009) Developing Quality Dissertations in the Sciences: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Achieving Excellence. [Includes specific advice for the disciplines of biology, physics, engineering and mathematics, but also applies to chemistry, behavioral neuroscience in psychology, materials science, and nursing.]

Lovitts BE, Wert EL (2009) Developing Quality Dissertations in the Social Sciences: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Achieving Excellence. [Includes specific advice for the disciplines of economics, sociology, and the social science subdisciplines of psychology, but also applies to anthropology, education, history, management, and political science.]

Lovitts BE, Wert EL (2009) Developing Quality Dissertations in the Humanities: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Achieving Excellence. [Includes specific advice for the disciplines of English, philosophy, and the humanities subdisciplines of history, but also applies to art history and comparative literature.]"
- SUNY Binghampton’s Instructions to Graduate Students
"Lovitts and Wert wrote Developing Quality Dissertations in the Humanities as a guide for both dissertation advisors and graduate students as they work though the dissertation writing process. The text is arranged in booklet format focusing on the intentions of the dissertation, rather than the typical procedural focus commonly found in 'how-to' dissertation books. This text will prove useful for new dissertation advisors and graduate students looking for very basic guidelines on the purpose, significance and quality expectations of a disseratation."
- NACADA Journal
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