GC Launches 'Academically Speaking' Podcast to Shed Light on Dissertation Process
The GC today launched its first podcast series, "Academically Speaking," which will take a close look at what nearly every Ph.D. student sees as their biggest challenge: the dissertation.
The Graduate Center today launched its first podcast series, Academically Speaking," which will take a close look at what nearly every Ph.D. student sees as their biggest challenge: the dissertation.
The series explores the dissertation process--from planning and writing to the defense--through discussions with GC students and faculty. Each episode shines light on an issue that, despite its importance for graduate students everywhere, often remains shrouded in mystery.
The first episode features Ph.D. student Devin Heyward (Psychology) and Distinguished Professor Michelle Fine (Psychology/Urban Education), who will discuss critical psychology in the U.S.; Heyward's dissertation work on racial becoming, racial identity, and DNA testing; advice for developing a good dissertation topic; and 'academic polyamory' --or having multiple advisors.
"There is nothing more important in a Ph.D. student's life than writing their dissertation after years of learning and research, leading to graduation," said Tanya Domi, the director of media relations. "One of the most important crucial aspects of that process is the relationship between the student and their advisors. We wanted to tell and share these unique stories across the GC through the words of the students and faculty members."
New episodes will be launched approximately twice a month. Future editions will address topics such as learning from students and faculty about advisor selection, developing a topic, and obstacles to writing.
Listen to the first episode. "