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If you're like me, in the summer you want to spend time outside, but at the same time there's a desire to do something enriching and work on research and writing. With these contradictory impulses in mind, I'm going to write some reviews of books that would likely be a help in working either on writing or doctoral research. The first book I recommend to all graduate students is one on doing research writing called They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein. This is a great book, in my opinion,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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The Doctoral Support Center at Rossier uses a cohort model to insure that every student has a writing advisor assigned to them. Each cohort works directly with a writing advisor. This writing advisor will be ready to work with you on reviewing your papers and dissertation chapters. This way you can contact your writing advisor when you need their help. The advisors and their cohorts are as follows: 2010, 2007 and 2004: Gokce Gokalp Ph.D. gokalp@usc.edu (213) 740-3845 2009, 2006, and 2003: Linda Fischer Ed.D. lfischer@usc.edu (213) 740-3831 2008, 2005, and Legacy: Ilda Jimenez y West Ph.D. ijimenez@usc.edu (213) 740-2199 Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but for doctoral students this is also valuable research and writing time. Maximize your summer time with programs from the Doctoral Support Center. Here's the events on our calendar. Make sure you check often for updates! June June 2 – 5 to 9 pm Thursday Night Write Location WPH B49 June 11/12 – Writing Group Workshop WPH B49 June 12 – 1 pm Preparing for your Proposal Defense WPH Rm. B49 June 16 – 5 to 9 pm Thursday Night Write Location WPH B49 June 23th – June 26, 2011 -... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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While the 2011 Summer Deadline for dissertation submission to the Graduate School isn't until July 1st, the date is coming up fast. Don't wait until the last minute to get your submission ready. In order to submit by that deadline, you must have had your dissertation defense and had any revisions approved by your committee. Once you've done this and reviewed the formatting guidelines, you can begin the Graduate School's submission process. For more information on Graduate School submission, you can download a DSC presentation from DSC on BlackBoard. So how can the DSC help? Annemarie worked as a thesis... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Please join us for an informal reception in the DSC on Thursday any time after 12:00 noon, before the Ed.D. Hooding Ceremony! We'd love to see you in your robes and offer you refreshments. All of us in the office are so proud of you! Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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As the academic year comes to an end it's time to recognize achievements. This year the Ed.D. Program Office and Doctoral Support Center have much to celebrate. We would like to recognize the following staff members, all of whom are graduating this year: Melisa Carson (M.E. Educational Psychology) Rocke DeMark (Ed.D. Educational Leadership) Roberto Montero (B.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering) Annemarie Perez (Ph.D. English) Nadine Singh (Ed.D. Educational Leadership) In keeping with the schedule of graduation celebrations, the Ed.D. Program Office and Doctoral Support Center will have limited hours on Thursday, May 12th and Friday, May 13th. Please contact the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Since USC started online submission of student dissertations five years ago, the libraries have amassed a sizable online archive of research from former students. As a USC student you can access this archive through the . To access dissertations from all over the country, go to the USC Library Website. On the right side of the page, under research support, click on Find Theses and Dissertations. This will allow you access to ProQuest which archives all dissertations from USC and other universities. But if you just want to look at USC dissertations go to the USC Digital Archive. Under "Advanced... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
If you start out with 100 high school students, just 2 of them --that is 2%-- will end up getting a doctoral degree. Thinking about it that way, you're pretty exceptional! Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
Please join in a Webinar on Testing and Measurement Tools. Dr. Jade Winn will present a short instructional seminar on how to find, access, evaluate and use tests and measurements. Event: Evaluating and Using Testing and Measurement Tools Invited By: JADE WINN (jadewinn@USC.EDU) When: 04/26/2011 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada); Tijuana To join the meeting: http://usclibraries.adobeconnect.com/testing-measurement/ Have a Great Day! Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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As you'd know if you've come anywhere near me in the past month, I recently finished my final edits, received final approval and uploaded my dissertation to the Graduate School. This chapter of my life has ended. I'm going to share something that worked for me. It's just a trick but, as I said, it did work. Maybe it could help you too. Toward the end, when I just needed to edit and write, I found it hard. I had become too focused on the big picture, on everything that had to be done. Getting myself to sit down and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
Don't you wish you didn't procrastinate? I sure do, especially as I consider how much I could have written if only I'd started sooner. But why do I procrastinate when I know it makes me unhappy? Over on the 21st Century Scholar blog, Professor Bill Tierney has written about procrastination and how to define and deal with it. His first entry: "Procrastination and Getting It Done" focuses on procrastination as a "mental conundrum" and how to divide tasks so we aren't tempted to procrastinate. His second entry: "Procrastination vs. the Importance of Timing," deals with the differenc between procrastination and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Worried about formatting your dissertation for submission? Got questions for the thesis editors? Come to the Spring Dissertation Editing Forums hosted by the Graduate School. Below is a copy of their informative email regarding the sessions. Dear Students, In anticipation of the April 1, 2011 spring submission deadline, the Editors will be holding two forums focusing on the thesis/dissertation editing process. While attendance is not mandatory, we encourage you to attend especially if you plan on submitting your thesis or dissertation by the April 1 deadline. No handouts will be distributed and a RSVP is not required. · UPC: Tuesday,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Reading the USC Chronicle today I was thrilled to see that the LA Times Festival of Books will be here at USC April 30 and May 1. Having enjoyed going to the Festival in at UCLA in Westwood during years past, I'm really looking forward to it being here at our home university. As the LA Times article said: After 15 years on the Westside, we are very excited to move the Festival of Books to its beautiful new home and have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with USC to ensure we grow bigger and better in the future,' said... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Obviously you use some social media -- you're reading this blog! Reading over at the 21st Century Scholar today, I found myself wondering how many of us are incorporating technology, especially social media technology (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SecondLife, blogs ect) into our classroom work and research study and how we're doing it. Clearly while the internet changed the way we gathered and received information in the previous century, social media has, in the past few years changed the way we connect with each other. As I'm planning new classes for my job search resume, I'm looking at having students developing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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While the 2011 Spring Deadline for dissertation submission to the Graduate School isn't until April 1st, if you want to avoid registering and paying for the Spring Semester, you must upload your dissertation to the Graduate School by Friday, January 28th. In order to submit by that deadline, you must have had your dissertation defense and had any revisions approved by your committee. Once you've done this and reviewed the formatting guidelines, you can begin the Graduate School's submission process. For more information on Graduate School submission, you can download a DSC presentation from DSC on BlackBoard. So how can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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The holiday break is a time to breathe and enjoy family and friends. Our hope at the Doctoral Support Center (DSC) and the Doctoral Programing offices is that many of you will also utilize this time to continue to write or conceptualize your coursework, research proposal and dissertation. As you embark on your holiday break, please keep in mind that our offices will offer many opportunities for you to take advantage in the upcoming Spring semester. Please come back to our Blog to learn more about our face to face and on-line presentations for the Spring. Happy Holidays and we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Don't forget, Dr. Jade Winn will be presenting on the APA guidelines this Wednesday, September 29, from 3:00-4:00 PM in MRF 204. Try and attend this important workshop or come to the online webcast: You can view recorded webcasts of the above presentations and take part in them yourself by doing the following: 1. Go to the blackboard website at https://blackboard.usc.edu 2. Select User Login: Username - enter your USC email username. Password - enter your USC email password. Once you login, under the section "Course List" select "20061_rsoe_dsc_ns00002: RSOE Doctoral Support Center (DSC)" 3. Click on the left menu... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Once their dissertations are revised and approved, a number of students get stuck on the question of what the Graduate School is looking for (a copy of the Graduate School Guidelines can be downloaded here). Having worked as an assistant thesis editor for several years, I can hopefully help to clarify this process. I'm giving a few tips here, but be sure to check your manuscript against the Grad School guidelines. It's important to remember that the Graduate School is not going to question the content of your manuscript. What you've written about is a matter between you and your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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While the 2010 Fall Deadline for dissertation submission to the Graduate School isn't until November 1st, if you want to avoid registering and paying for the Fall Semester, you must upload your dissertation to the Graduate School by Friday, September 10th. In order to submit by that deadline, you must have had your dissertation defense and had any revisions approved by your committee. Once you've done this and reviewed the formatting guidelines, you can begin the Graduate School's submission process. For more information on Graduate School submission, you can download a DSC presentation from DSC on BlackBoard. So how can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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The Rossier School of Education’s MAT program is looking for a few Ed.D. students to work as admissions application reviewers for the MAT program. This is an hourly position - $15/hour - and not a Teaching Assistant position (no tuition remission attached and no teaching responsibilities). The work should be interesting and it may be done from home. The hours are flexible. Training on the criteria and on using the data system to enter recommendations will be provided. Candidates need to be able to commit to a consistent work flow to keep up with a certain number of applications each... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Do you have the "Dissertation Blues?" Do you ever feel stalled or unable to start your writing? This happens to lots of people, especially when working on a long project like a doctoral study. There are lots of ways to get past these moments. One a number of people have found effective is to have a self-talk phrase or mantra. "Just do it" (a la Nike) is a classic one which can be a way of encouraging yourself to jump in and get going, where ever, whatever. "It won't be easier next week" is one that Gokce, one of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Are you wondering, worrying about or stuck as you work on your literature review? Synthesize, synthesize, synthesize the literature, huh? Come and find out what we mean by, "Don't just describe the research, theories, ideas, etc... but critically analyze and synthesize such sources." The Doctoral Support Center (DSC) is offering our Spring presentation writing Literature Reviews: Saturday, February 13, 2010, 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon, WPH B49 Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, MRF 204 Presentation will also be available online through Blackboard OnDemand. ---- Photo attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/candiedwomanire/ / CC BY-SA 2.0 Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2010 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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On Tuesday, February 16th, the Center for Urban Education is hosting an art exhibit reception and open house featuring the powerful work of María Teresa Fernández, a Mexican-born photographer who has been documenting the construction of the border fence that runs along the U.S. - Mexican border since 2001. The 82 photographs in the exhibit range from heartbreaking to bittersweet. There are abstract shots of rusted metal and trash strewn along the sides of the barrier, which extends for almost 2,000 miles. Long-separated sisters hug through heavy wire. Divided families picnic on opposite sides of a fence and ever-vigilant border... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2010 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog
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Everyone has their own way of dealing with stress. When pressure builds, can you ever have enough tools to manage it? Why not tap into your creative side to reduce stress? For faculty and staff wanting to learn an innovative approach to stress management, the Center for Work and Family Life is sponsoring a free, one-hour workshop designed to help participants learn brief, easy skills including a brief relaxation technique, a 5-minute writing task, and an exercise in compassionate listening. Participants will learn how to: • Write quickly and easily without censoring or criticizing • Listen compassionately to yourself and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2010 at Rossier Doctoral Support Center Blog