Dissertation Help

The following are documents that will assist you in completing your doctoral program

The Doctoral Program

Surviving your Doctoral Program

This presentation was developed to help students understand the doctoral program process.


Proposal and Defense

Proposal Rubric

This file will assist you in preparing your dissertation proposal and provide a rubric for the structure creation. This document was developed in cooperation with Dr. Kim Nimon to assist student in preparation for discussion with their major professor.

Your dissertation should be published in a refereed journal in your chosen field.  This is an easy guide as to the type of quality that the major professor and committee are expecting as you are defending your dissertation proposal and defense.

The first defense that you attend should not be your own.  You should take every opportunity to attend our students presentation to get an idea of the style, format and types of questions that are typically observed.


“Article-style” Dissertation

A construct Validity Analysis of the Work Perception Profile Data.
Dr. Susan Frear completed an ‘Article-style” dissertation that will introduce you to this style.


“Traditional-style” Dissertation

A study of Performance and Effort expectancy factors among generational and gender groups to predict Enterprise Social Software Technology Adoption.
Dr. Sunil Patel complete a traditional format with a great format.


A Dissertation Defense Presentation

A construct Validity Analysis of the Work Perception Profile Data
Dr. Susan Frear’s Defense powerpoint provides a great model on how to present at your oral defense.


Dissertations to Articles (2 examples)

Dr. Megan McKee did a great job of converting the dissertation to publication:

Dissertation: The Affects of Mobile Performance on Anxiety and Self-Efficacy of Hospital Float Staff

Refereed Journal: Performance Improvement Quarterly

Dr. Shelby Danks converted her dissertation into two articles

Dissertation: Measuring Culture of Innovation: A Validation Study of the Innovation Quotient Instrument

Refereed Journal: Performance Improvement Quarterly

Article 1: Performance Improvement Quarterly – Measuring Culture of Innovation: A Validation Study of the Innovation Quotient Instrument (Part One)

Article 2: Performance Improvement Quarterly – Measuring Culture of Innovation: A Validation Study of the Innovation Quotient Instrument (Part 2)