Dissertation News

Dissertation News is a 6-issue-per-year bulletin offering guidance and support for ASGS-member doctoral students, and information of value to faculty members on advising and counseling graduate students.

Copies of Dissertation News are distributed free to ASGS doctoral student members. The bulletins, which focus on subjects not typically covered in dissertation seminars or graduate classes, deal with the process of the dissertation.

Subject matter includes how-to articles on editorial styles; advisor relations; financial support; time management; analysis and synthesis of literature; high technology; interviews with graduate students, faculty, and dissertation experts.

The bulletins provide practical advice for students from pre-candidacy on. They are liberally laced with academic humor, and written to give students an extra measure of psychological support to motivate their dissertation work.

Here are some very good reasons
for reading Dissertation News:

For Students, Dissertation News–
  • Provides supportive nudges, especially for ABDs and off-campus students, to focus on their dissertations.
  • Continually educates students about techniques, shortcuts, and the basics of doing the dissertation with specific how-to articles.
  • Provides guidance on relating to advisors and committee members.
  • Announces deadlines for fellowship, scholarship, and grants.
  • Inspires and motivates through identification with other students and successful graduates.
For Faculty, Dissertation News–
  • Simplifies the advising process by training students in communication and student/advisor protocol.
  • Speeds and simplifies the advisor’s job by providing how-to procedural information for students.
  • Presents current updates on technology and resources related to research writing.
  • Presents reminders of fellowship and scholarship deadlines.
  • Provides information for use in dissertation seminars and advising sessions.
For Institutions, Dissertation News–
  • Reduces the complaints of students by educating them about reasonable standards and expectations for advisory and institutional support.
  • Provides a medium of contact with off-campus ABDs.
  • Increases the likelihood students will complete their programs, and reduces graduate fallout.
  • Helps speed the time-to-completion of doctoral students.