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

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Insightful guides to help your graduate students succeed

"A terrific resource for graduate students who want to learn what faculty members look for in a quality dissertation. They will also prove useful to faculty as they convey explicit expectations to their students about a quality dissertation."--Karen L. Klomparens, Dean and Associate Provost for Graduate Education, Michigan State University

"I recommend that students use them to initiate conversations with their advisors about how to achieve high quality dissertations."--Chris M. Golde, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University

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About the author (2009)

Barbara E. Lovitts is an independent higher education researcher. She was formerly Senior Program Officer in the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education at the National Academy of Engineering, and is the author of Leaving the Ivory Tower: The Causes and Consequences of Departure from Doctoral Study. She has worked at the University of Maryland, the American Institutes for Research, the National Science Foundation, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ellen L. Wert , a former a program officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a freelance writer and editor who has been involved with national efforts to improve U.S. graduate education for nearly two decades, including Preparing Future Faculty, the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate. and the Survey on Doctoral Education and Career Preparation. Past clients include the American Association for Higher Education, The Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Education Policy Institute

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