What It Is:
Like every year, the OMT Division will again be holding its annual Dissertation Proposal Workshop as part of the Academy's Annual Meeting-albeit in a virtual form again this year. The Dissertation Proposal Workshop is a chance for students at the pre-proposal stage to draw on the wisdom and expertise of a group of established OMT scholars to develop a defensible dissertation proposal.
Classes and preliminary exams usually have clear structures and guideline. But we often get little sense of how to turn our vague good ideas into dissertation proposals that will intrigue potential committee members, pass a defense, and grow into a high-quality dissertation. The current workshop addresses this gap by helping participants improve the focus and framing of research questions, identify and address methodological issues, and constructively critique conceptual foundations.
The conversations may also address process issues like managing your dissertation committee and completing the dissertation. The workshop consists of small roundtable discussions between faculty panelists and doctoral students working on dissertation proposals in the panelist's area of expertise.
Who Should Attend:
The Dissertation Proposal Workshop is aimed at students who have completed preliminaries and have selected a dissertation topic but have not yet defended their dissertation proposal. If you have a 50-page proposal with data, well-defined hypotheses, and a committee, you are probably too advanced. On the other hand, if you have not narrowed your ideas beyond a broad theoretical or phenomenological space, you are probably too early.
How to Apply:
Doctoral students interested in participating in the workshop should have a faculty member send a short application email to Renate Meyer. In addition, applicants should provide a maximum 5-page abstract outlining a research area, methodological approach, and potential contributions, according to the guidelines below, under Application Instructions.
These abstracts will form the basis of discussions during the workshop and will be shared with the group at the participant's table. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2021 by 5pm EST. Attendance is strictly limited so early application is advised.
Doctoral students interested in participating in the workshop should provide the following information in their email to Renate Meyer:
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.
We look forward to seeing you virtually at AOM!