Joshua (J. A.) Smart

Virtual Dissertation Groups

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.]

9 comments on “Virtual Dissertation Groups

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  4. Scott
    August 27, 2015

    Hi Joshua, sounds a great idea. I’m a PhD candidate in the UK working in political philosophy… Just wondering how wide ranging would the groups be? Would Political Theory/Philosophy be too far removed from philosophy to participate? Thanks


    • Joshua Smart
      August 27, 2015

      Hi Scott–We’ve had a very wide-range of topics thus far, and not just the “big” subdisciplines like M&E, Phil Lang, etc. I think that each semester we’ve had a couple of groups working in political philosophy, so we’d definitely love to have you aboard!


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