Student-Centered Pedagogies: Diversity, Inclusion, and the New Normal
President, Council of Graduate Schools
As learners, teaching assistants, and future faculty, graduate students have been profoundly affected by the twin pandemics of Covid and racial violence and reckoning. This historical moment is creating opportunities to newly explore the structure of graduate curricula, its pedagogies, and delivery formats. This talk will explore some of the work Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and its members are doing to better understand the implications of the pandemics for place-based and virtual learning for diverse student populations in the U.S. and across the globe.
Expanding Perspectives on Doctoral Dissertations
Professor of TESOL, University of Sydney
Doctoral dissertations, for many years, have been a relatively stable genre although this has begun to change, especially as doctoral degrees are now being offered in an increasing range of disciplines and where alternate scholarly forms are being accepted for the award of the degree. There has, however, been little research which examines these kinds of changes in doctoral degrees and what they mean for dissertation writing. In this presentation, the emergence of the doctoral dissertation is examined, and its development is traced over time. Examples are presented of dissertations submitted for professional doctorates, practice-based doctorates, and doctorates by publication. The doctoral dissertation is then discussed as an instance of genre evolution and discussions of choice and constraint in academic writing. It is also considered in relation to discussions of the ‘doctorate of the future’ (Pare, 2019) and what we might expect to see in future doctoral submissions.
Suzanne Ortega became the sixth President of the Council of Graduate Schools on July 1, 2014. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the University of North Carolina (UNC) Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (2011-14). Previous appointments include the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Vice Provost and Graduate Dean at the University of Washington (UW), and the University of Missouri (MU). Dr. Ortega’s masters and doctoral degrees in sociology were completed at Vanderbilt University. With primary research interests in mental health epidemiology, health services, race and ethnic relations, and graduate education, Dr. Ortega is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and an introductory sociology text, now in its 9th edition. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Ortega has also served on review panels for National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on grants totaling more than $11 million in private foundation and federal funds. Dr. Ortega serves, or has served, on a number of professional association boards and committees, including the boards of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the National Academies Committees on the Assessment of the Research Doctorate and Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, the NSF Human Resources Expert Panel and Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee, the North Carolina E-learning Commission, and the UNC, UNM, and UW Presses. She currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of American University in the Emirates.
Brian Paltridge is Professor of TESOL at the University of Sydney. He is author of Discourse Analysis (third edition, Bloomsbury, 2021), co-editor with Ken Hyland and Lillian Wong of the Bloomsbury Handbook of Discourse Analysis (second edition, Bloomsbury, 2021) and, with Sue Starfield, Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language (second edition, Routledge, 2020) and Getting Published in Academic Journals (University of Michigan Press, 2016). He is currently writing a book with Sue Starfield titled Change and Stability in Thesis and Dissertation Writing to be published by Bloomsbury and, with Matthew Prior, editing The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Discourse.