The dissertation process can be particularly isolating. This accountability seminar helps graduate students working on their dissertations to maintain good writing habits. 

As students make the transition from student to scholar, many discover that the change in accountability structures proves challenging.  As undergrads, students have little control over their academic schedules, were provided with clear expectations and had to adhere to firm deadlines.  When they begin their graduate degrees, many students notice a very open, unstructured approach since much of their work is self-directed. 

We provide accountability seminars to help the students transition into their graduate studies, while also providing ongoing support throughout the academic process.  These weekly seminars are organized by how far the students have progressed through their degrees.  Common working topics are:

  • The four-hour productivity block
  • Habit structures, triggers and pairings
  • Accountability and motivations
  • Resistance and resilience
  • Time management skills

When and where do you meet?

We meet on Mondays at 10 am and Tuesdays at 9 am in UMC 425.

We will meet in UMC 415 on December 9th and 10th. Our last meeting of the semester is December 9th and 10th.  

Open to all graduate students. If you are a first-year student, please check out Getting Started first.

Is it your first time attending?

Please take the Enneagram​ quiz and The Four Tendencies Quiz first. Then, please fill out this Google Form to RSVP. We look forward to meeting you!

What is this group about?

Check out the seminar syllabus

Graduate students face unique challenges when it comes to balancing multiple projects in addition to research, publishing, and teaching obligations. The dissertation process can be particularly isolating. This accountability seminar helps graduate students working on their dissertations to set goals, manage their time efficiently, and maintain good writing habits, while fostering relationships with peers across disciplines. 

The goal of the seminars is to improve work efficiency and productivity while keeping each other accountable on dissertation writing goals. This seminar focuses on managing four-hour productivity blocks.

For the first 30 minutes of the workshop, we review skills and tools for time management and productivity. The second half of the hour is devoted to accountability, where each participant reports on their progress and goals for the week (e.g., “This week I’m going to finish the outline for Chapter 3.”)

How often do I attend these seminars?

Participants attend one seminar every week. Consistent attendance is crucial for accountability: You have to show up and report to your peers on your dissertation progress. The goal is to create a consistent group that meets weekly, rather than irregular drop-in workshops. 

Still have questions?

Check out the Graduate Writing Program FAQs page

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