Only about 50% of students who begin a PhD program walk out with the degree. The students who do not get their degree are most likely in a terminal ABD state. The personal and career consequences of a terminal ABD can be devastating. To respond to this problem, Dr. Jill Blackwell, a successful Dissertation Chair and Dissertation Consultant wrote the book of how to finish your dissertation.
The red book contains templates for hard to understand dissertation sections, concrete and specific instructions for developing the study and manuscript, and samples of all dissertation sections for students to go from blank pages to a completed dissertation in a short amount of time.
- Specific instructions and samples for both qualitative and quantitative methods and their designs.
- The focus is on the essentials. Information is presented in an easy to understand and organized manner to mirror the dissertation study and manuscript process.
- Other books in this category may not contain enough concrete information to result in action. This book is different. The goal is to empower the graduate student, get things right the first time, and develop the dissertation manuscript to get it approved.
About the author: Dr. Blackwell is an award winning educator and faculty member at two universities. She teaches classes on research methods and planning dissertation research. As a Dissertation Consultant she helped more than 100 students get to the finish line! As a dissertation chair her graduation rate is significantly higher than the average, she has publications with many of her students in peer-reviewed journals, and the resources included in this compendium are effective.
Dr. Blackwell received her PhD from DePaul University in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Psychology in 2003. She was asked to teach undergrad research methods and supervise honors theses in only her second year of grad school. She has a keen and recognized ability to turn research ideas into doable projects and has worked with hundreds of students in this capacity. Her talent is in teaching from a learner's perspective while at the same promoting feelings of personal adequacy and empowerment.
Please visit her website at: www.jillblackwell.org
- "After three months of going back and forth with my chair about the stupid problem statement, the first draft I sent in with Blackwell's template was approved."
- "The samples and directions are more helpful than any feedback I have received in this process thus far."
- "There is advice about how to deal with your chair, the IRB, and for ALL dissertation sections."
- "This red book is like the What to Expect when you are Expecting Book for being pregnant. You will read it over and over, and when you are working on a specific section it will hold your hand through the whole thing."
- "There are humorous notes throughout to lighten this heavy ABD load."
- "This is the only book you need to get your dissertation done!"