Integrative Dissertation ProSem

What Is It, and Why Take Part?

Comprised of three intensive writing and research immersions (August, January, and May); seven interdisciplinary seminars with faculty experts on topics pertaining to writing and publishing; integrated writing support mechanisms; and social gatherings designed to build intellectual community, the ProSem begins with a five-day boot camp (July 30 – August 3, 2019) and concludes with a colloquium in May 2020. Participants will spend approximately three hours per month in the integrative seminars and at community gatherings.

Integrative Seminars with Faculty Experts (Times TBD) September through April; Topics including:

  • Setting Boundaries for Writing Time
  • Juggling Priorities and Wellness Habits
  • Perspectives on Publishing
  • Proactive Committee Engagement
  • Peer Review and Collegiality
  • Research Funding

Writing Support

  • Priority access to a Writing Center Consultation for each participant
  • Individual Consultations with Subject Librarians
  • Peer Writing Accountability Groups
  • Earn one Grad School credit per semester

Intellectual Community (Evening Times TBD) Monthly September to April

  • Monthly Evening Gatherings to Build Community
  • Dissertation Defense Support


Eligibility and Expectations

  • Qualifying applicants are Ph.D. students who have successfully defended their dissertation proposal at the time of the application or are on track to do so by December 2019.
  • Applicants and participants must be in good academic standing and demonstrate Advisor’s support.
  • Attendance is expected at all meetings. Consult your schedule, and if there are dates or time periods that will not fit in your schedule, please note this, and the reason in your application letter. The application process will take this into account and make an effort to accommodate eligible students whose obligations require periods away from campus.

The next cohort is currently in the planning stages

For all inquiries, please email Demetra Schoenig.