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Dissertation Boot Camp 2014 - Sessions

Our 2014 Boot Camp program is now complete! A list of the sessions presented at Dissertation Boot Camp 2014 can be found below.  Recorded sessions and slides will be posted here as they become available.

Keynote Sessions:

Work in Progress: Living Wholeness in Dissertation and Academic Life and Family/Life Responsibilities
Dr. Gino Aisenberg, PhD, MSW, Associate Dean, UW Graduate School

We are all finding our way to wholeness while doing our work in the academy. The beauty is there is no one way. Gino, Associate Dean at the Graduate School and Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, will share his humanness through stories of lessons learned and lessons still being learned. He will discuss strategies to encourage and empower participants in their journey of excellence and wholeness.

Contemplative Balance for Dissertation Writers
Dr. David Levy, professor in the University of Washington's Information School.
Dr. Levy has taught at the iSchool since 2001 where he has been investigating the challenge of achieving contemplative balance–how as individuals and as a society we might live healthy, reflective, and productive lives while participating in an accelerating, information-saturated culture. Today, he will share his insights as they apply to the dissertation writing process.


Breakout Sessions/Workshops:

What's so Special about Special Collections?
Anne Jenner: Pacific Northwest Curator, UW Special Collections
The UW Special Collections is the Libraries' major resource for rare and archival materials with a focus on Pacific Northwest people, history and culture. We also hold distinguished collections of Rare Books, Book Arts, historical children's literature, and 19th-century American literature. This workshop will present practical tips to access the UW Libraries' Special Collections and discuss broader archival research methods. 

Successfully Managing Your Dissertation Content: Copyright, Open Access and Publishing
Tim Jewell and Thom Deardorff, UW Libraries
This session will cover responsible use of sources created by others (also known as “third party” works) in your dissertation, inclusion of your own prior journal publications in it, and use of your dissertation content elsewhere after submission to the University.  You will also learn about UW’s online submission process for theses and dissertations, open access, and options for controlling the timing and scope of access to your work.

“Writing Across Languages” a conversation with OWRC graduate writing tutors
Are you writing a dissertation in a language that is not your first?  Will you be working with research subjects, archival materials, or resources in multiple languages?  OWRC staff will facilitate this conversation, drawing upon their extensive experiences working with UW international student writers. Together, we'll talk about some of the challenges of and best practices for communication across multiple languages and academic cultural traditions.


Special Sessions/Activities:

CoLAB: Collaborating with Strangers on Dissertation Writing
Lauren Ray, Research Commons Librarian
Collaborating with Strangers workshops connect UW students, faculty, and researchers during quick speed meetings. Participants exchange and generate ideas, building new partnerships to start or improve upon research projects. Get to know your fellow dissertation writers with this quick and effective workshop.

Lunch with your Liaisons
UW Librarians
A subject librarian is your personal guide to the Libraries. Also known as “subject liaisons,” they are responsible for purchasing library materials, providing reference help and consultations, and instructing UW students in the research tools and methods of each discipline.  You are encouraged to eat lunch with your subject liaison, and take the opportunity to ask questions and make connections.

Panel of Experienced Dissertation Writers
Moderated by Jay Sablan, UW Graduate School Core Programs Coordinator
Students at various stages of writing their dissertations (or who recently completed)—will share tips and guidance for writing their work.  Our moderator will be Jaye Sablan, the UW Graduate School's Core Programs Coordinator.