Dissertation Boot Camp for Upper-Year PhD Candidates - part of the Milestones and Pathways programs.
On behalf of the Faculty of Arts & Science, Dr. Rachael Cayley will run a dissertation boot camp for upper-year PhD candidates from 11 to 13 December.
Why a Dissertation Boot Camp? Writing a dissertation is a priority for doctoral students, but finding productive writing time is often a challenge. Despite its centrality, the dissertation is frequently neglected amidst all the obligations and distractions of everyday life. The Dissertation Boot Camp is a chance to step away from that routine and focus exclusively on dissertation writing for three days.
What is a Dissertation Boot Camp? The Dissertation Boot Camp will give you dedicated blocks of writing time as well as the opportunity to learn about strategies for productive dissertation writing. You’ll be required to ignore the Internet (lunch breaks excepted) and set aside other demands on your time for three days, giving you the opportunity to make significant progress in your writing. We will also discuss various productivity approaches to help you gain momentum in your writing that will last beyond our three days together.
How does the Dissertation Boot Camp work? We provide a space conducive to the business of writing: distraction-free with places to plug in your laptop. The camp will be run by a facilitator knowledgeable about the many challenges associated with dissertation writing. We provide coffee, tea, and snacks each day. Participants prepared with their laptops and all the materials they need to achieve their writing goals. Each day will begin at 9:30 am and conclude at 4:30 pm.
Eligibility and Registration
In order to sign up for this Milestones and Pathways Dissertation Boot Camp, you must meet the following conditions:
- You are an upper-year doctoral student actively engaged in writing a dissertation in any Arts & Science department at U of T; this camp is not open to Master’s students.
- You are finished with course work, qualifying exams, and primary research and/or data collection; the boot camp is designed for writing, not further reading and research.
- You did not participate in the three-day Milestones and Pathways Dissertation Boot Camp held in April 2017.
Apply online through our website (http://teaching.artsci.utoronto.ca/mpbootcamp) by Thursday 30 November 2017. Space is limited. Eligible applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, but we may privilege applications from students beyond the funded cohort. You will be asked to provide the following:
- Your department and year of study
- Your email contact information
- Your writing stage (i.e., where you are in the dissertation writing process)
- Your reasons for wishing to participate in this three-day boot camp
- Your confirmation that you will be available for the full three days
Once we have assessed your eligibility for the boot camp, we will advise you whether or not you have been accepted before 5 December. Once you’ve been accepted, you will be asked to confirm your participation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joel Rodgers (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Faculty of Arts & Science.
About Our Boot Camp Facilitator
Dr. Rachael Cayley is an Associate Professor (teaching stream) in the Office of English Language and Writing Support, where she teaches both academic writing and speaking. Before joining the University of Toronto, she worked as an editor at Oxford University Press in Toronto. She has a PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research and a BA in political science from the University of British Columbia. Rachael has a blog, Explorations of Style, and tweets about academic writing. Her blog and activity on Twitter both reflect an ongoing interest in social media as a site for professional development for academic writers. Her current research concerns the way that thesis supervisors approach their role in assisting novice academic writers tackle major writing projects.