The Dissertation Defense: We’re Doing Something Right

November 1, 2012

I never had a dissertation defense. My department had abolished them sometime before I arrived as a graduate student, and I considered myself lucky compared with friends at other universities who had to endure what I imagined as a painful ordeal. So when the time came, my two faculty readers signed a form approving my dissertation, and I walked the bound manuscript over to the registrar and submitted it. That was that. The first defense I ever attended was as a professor. Only then did I realize what I had missed. Continue reading the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  photo by Brian Taylor

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