While advisors and committees are important, it can be incredibly helpful to discuss one’s work with peers in a low-stakes environment, and it can be particularly enlightening to do so with those who take a different approach or have a different focus. Not only that, but there is evidence from psychological research that thinking about problems in relation to persons who are geographically distant can increase creativity. Virtual Dissertation Groups are a (free!) way to capture some of these benefits.
Here’s the basic setup. Toward the beginning of the semester I’ll email you with the information of two other students whose work is (usually) on a topic in the same general area. Over the course of the semester–approximately once a month–one member of your group will send a piece of in-progress dissertation work to the others (usually around 3,000 to 6,000 words), who then read and provide comments.
Sound good? Then sign up for the Fall 2017 groups below!
[Open sign-ups run through Friday, September 8th. Later inclusion is contingent on there being enough folks to make another group.]