English 600: Doctoral Research
Fall 2010, NMSU

Course Meeting Time and Place
This course will meet in Clara Belle Williams Hall 138 on Wednesdays 2:30-3:45. Other activities will take place online asynchronously.

Contact Information
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Sheppard
Office: English 226
Phone: 646-2341
Email: (best way to reach me)

Office Hours
Mondays 1:00-4:00 Milton Hall Design Center
Thursdays 1:00-3:00 in English 226 and by appointment

Required Materials
Foss, Sonja, & Waters, William. (2007). Destination Dissertation: A Traveler's Guide to a Done Dissertation. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Course Description
This course is designed for PhD students in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program who have completed coursework and are preparing for comprehensive examinations. Students will develop exam reading lists in three of the four core areas (Composition, Rhetoric, Critical/Cultural Studies, and Technical/Professional Communication), as well as in an area of specialization. In addition to working on exam reading, students will also work with the instructor and their committee members to finalize exam questions and to prepare for writing the exam responses. We will also discuss dissertation planning and prospectus writing.

Course Objectives


To earn a grade of " PR" (progress) in this class, you must complete all assignments and contribute to class and make progress in your exam preparation on a weekly basis.