I'm excited to share this news! This is a bit outside what I usually write here, but I think it may be of interest. Next-Generation Dissertations, a project I've been working on with The Graduate School at Syracuse University, is now live. Many thanks to the NEH for making this project possible through their Next Gen PhD grants.
I worked on this with Chris Flanagan and Glenn Wright at Syracuse Graduate School. Featured scholars are A.D. Carson, Sonia Estima, Ivan Gonzalez-Soto, Jesse Merandy, Justin Schell, Amanda Visconti, & Anna Williams.
The site includes interviews, project examples, resources, rationale for supporting creative dissertations, and a rubric that could be used to help with evaluation. Super practical, we hope!
Something that I think is important is that the rubric is format-agnostic. Too often, scholars doing creative work have to prove that their dissertation measures up against 'traditional' standards—but those standards are rarely available in writing. So grad students find themselves with an impossible task. We hope this rubric helps to break down some of the tacit knowledge around dissertation evaluation, and to tease apart the substantive goals of the diss from its format.
We're planning a public event and launch sometime this spring, so stay tuned for more info. For me, the site is important because it's the first big consulting gig I've worked on, and it builds on Putting the PhD to Work in a really concrete way. It has been a pleasure to work on it and I hope people find it useful. Please feel free to use and share.