Building for Sustainability: Dissertation Boot Camp as a Nexus of Graduate Writing Support

steve simpson

Abstract


Dissertation boot camps, often formed as partnerships between writing centers and graduate schools, have become a popular way of addressing (inter)national concerns about graduate completion rates and of providing graduate-level writing support. In addition to meeting these immediate needs, however, dissertation boot camps, if used strategically, can be an effective first step in building more sustainable graduate writing support across campus. This article describes a boot camp started at a science and engineering university. Drawing from surveys and follow-up interviews with participants, the article describes these students’ post-boot camp experiences starting writing initiatives in an Earth sciences department. The goal of this article is to provide writing centers at smaller to mid-sized universities with strategies for implementing similar initiatives in their own institutions.


Keywords


Graduate writing support; writing groups; Writing in the Disciplines; dissertation writing

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