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Language and Writing Center: Ph.D. Writing Resources


Earning a Ph.D. is a daunting task! From passing comprehensive exams to proposing, researching, writing, and defending a thesis or dissertation, it takes a lot of work. While you are doing all this, you may also be applying for an academic job or postdoc! The resources below, sourced through the CTS Learning Commons Catalog or from reputable resources from around the web, can help you with all aspects of the thesis/dissertation writing process, including: 

  • developing a pedagogy of teaching/philosophy of education   
  • hermeneutics/research methodology
  • writing rhetoric/theory
  • surviving comprehensive exams
  • writing a dissertation proposal
  • writing the dissertation
  • advice on entering the academic publishing market
  • writing related to the academic job market 

Theses and Dissertation Repositories

One of the best ways to learn about what makes a good thesis or dissertation is to read other theses and dissertations.  Below are links to theses and dissertation repositories.

Readings on Thesis & Dissertation Writing

Academic Job Search Resources

Books on Academic Publishing and Writing

Recommended Books on Rhetoric, Methodology, and Pedagogy