English 600: Doctoral Research

Fall 2013, NMSU
course schedule

Course Meeting Time and Place
This course will meet synchronously online through Google Hangouts on Tuesdays at 1:00.

Contact Information
Instructor: Dr. Jenny Sheppard
Office: English 207
Phone: 575-646-2341
Email: (best way to reach me)

Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-4:00 Milton Hall Design Center
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 proposal writing.

Course Objectives


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