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Strategies To Ensure Completion Of The Doctoral Dissertation (Online)

September 14, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

The dissertation is one of the most pivotal components of doctoral programs in higher education. Yet, this is the obstacle that doctoral students have the most difficulty overcoming. This workshop will present proven strategies for mapping out a dissertation completion plan in any discipline. Workshop participants will learn how to develop relational success with the dissertation chair and committee, identify and delimit the dissertation topic, undertake a disciplined approach to the review of literature and become familiar with the essential chapter development of the dissertation. The workshop program will share specific academic practices that successful doctoral students employed to complete their dissertations on time.

In preparation for the course, students should read this article: “Contemporary Issues In Education Research – July 2010 Volume 3, Number 7 1 “Getting To Finished: Strategies To Ensure Completion Of The Doctoral Dissertation”

Instructor: Barbara Holmes

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.

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
  • Non-UNC Chapel Hill University Student/Employee (must have active university email): $105
  • Government/Non-Profit/Corporate: $130

Additional course information:

  • Registration will close at 12:01am 9/11/2023. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • 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 3 days prior to the course date to receive the Zoom link.


September 14, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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