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Dissertation Basics: An Introduction to the Structure and Content of the Doctoral Dissertation (Online)

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

REGISTER HERE Registration will close at 12:01am 9/25/2024. No late registrations will be accepted.

This one-day course will be offered online only. Attendance is required – this course will not be recorded.

Dissertation basics is designed for doctoral students who are just beginning the dissertation phase of doctoral study. This workshop will help students understand the purpose of the dissertation and how to map out a strategy for dissertation writing. Participants will discuss developing a dissertation completion plan in any discipline and review the expectations of academic scholarly writing. Other topics include how to identify and delimit the dissertation topic, how to undertake a disciplined approach to the review of literature and how to become familiar with the essential chapter development structure of the dissertation. The workshop program will share specific scholarly practices that successful doctoral students employed to complete their dissertations on time.

Note: “Disseration Development Strategies for Advanced Doctoral Students: Focus on Dissertation Completion” will be offered on 2/11/2025. Separate registration is required.

Instructors: Dr. Barbara Holmes and Dr. DeJuanna Parker

Dr. Barbara Holmes is a Professor of Leadership Education at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. She has over fifty years of teaching experience in K-12 and higher education. Dr. Holmes created the doctoral program in education at Winona State University and guided it through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) approval process. Dr. Holmes also directed the doctoral program at Hampton University in Hampton, VA, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Dr. Holmes has served as the dissertation chair or committee member for over a hundred students. Dr. Holmes has researched doctoral student persistence and dissertation development for the past twenty years and has published findings from this doctoral student research.

Dr. DeJuanna Parker is a career educator. Starting as a K-12 English teacher, she later became a community college advisor and adjunct instructor. After earning a Ph.D. in Education Management from Hampton University, Dr. Parker became the Director of Student Success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), in Washington, DC. Dr. Parker was a member of the inaugural faculty of the EdD program at Winona State University. She currently serves as the editor of the Journal of Advancing Education Practice.

Registration fees:

  • UNC Chapel Hill Students: $0, with a $35 deposit to hold your spot (deposit is refundable upon your attendance for at least 66% of the course)
  • UNC Chapel Hill Faculty/Staff/Postdoc/Resident/Visiting Scholars: $80
  • University (Non UNC Chapel Hill) Student/Employee (must have active university email): $105
  • Government/Non-Profit/Corporate: $130

Additional course information:

  • Cancellation/ Refund Policy: A full refund will be given to those who cancel their registration no later than 10 days prior to the course. If you cancel within the 10 days prior to the class, no refund will be given. Please allow 30 days to receive your refund.
  • Zoom link for those attending online¬†will be sent prior to the course. Registration must be made at least 1 day prior to the course date to receive the Zoom link.


For questions regarding this class, please contact Jill Stevens at


September 26
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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NC United States