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    Future of the Dissertation Workshop

    The CGS Future of the PhD Dissertation workshop convened top leaders in graduate education, publishing, library science, professional associations, and other experts to discuss the forces changing doctoral dissertations and how they might affect the future. Our goal was to identify key areas in need of further study and places where universities are in need of further guidance. Follow #DissFwd on Twitter to engage in CGS-led discussions about the future of the doctoral dissertation, now through February 2016. 


    CGS Future of the Dissertation Workshop Agenda


    January 28-January 29, 2016

    Glover Park Room | The Dupont Circle Hotel | Washington, DC


    Thursday, January 28


    8:30 – 9:00 a.m.              Continental Breakfast                                             


    9:00 – 9:15 a.m.              Welcome: Three Forces of Change


    Suzanne Ortega, President, Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)


    9:15 – 11:00 a.m.             Trends in Scholarly Communication


    A Brief History of Doctoral Discourse

    Christopher Loss, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Associate Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

    Current Usage of Dissertations

    Cassidy Sugimoto, Associate Professor of Informatics, Indiana University

    Austin McLean, Director, Scholarly Communication and Dissertations Publishing, ProQuest USA

    Moderator: M. J. T. (Mark) Smith, Dean of the Graduate School; Birck Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University


    11:00 – 11:15 a.m.            Morning Break


    11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.    The View from Scholarly Presses and Journals


    John Sherer, Spangler Family Director, University of North Carolina Press

    Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press

    Greg Britton, Editorial Director, Johns Hopkins University Press

    Moderator: Nancy Marcus, Dean, The Graduate School, Florida State University


    12:45 – 2:00 p.m.              Lunch -- Capitol Room



    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.               Open Access and Institutional Repositories


    Mary Molinaro, Chief Operating Officer and Service Manager, Digital Preservation Network

    Lisa Schiff, Technical Lead, Access & Publishing Group, California Digital Library, University of California Office of the President

    ModeratorBrenda Brouwer, Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Queens University; President, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS)


    3:00 – 3:15 p.m.               Afternoon Break


    3:15 – 4:45 p.m.               Opportunities created by Emerging Technologies


    Katina Rogers, Deputy Director, Futures Initiative and HASTAC@CUNY at the Graduate Center, City University of New York

    Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Tara McPherson, Associate Professor, Gender Studies and Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

    Moderator: Steve Matson, Dean, The Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


    4:40 – 6:30 p.m.                Evening Break


    6:30 – 8:00 p.m.                Dinner -- Capitol Room



    Friday, January 29


    8:00 – 8:30 a.m.                Continental Breakfast


    8:30 – 9:50 a.m.                The Future of the Dissertation in the Humanities


    Sidonie Smith, Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities, University of Michigan

    Paul Yachnin, Dept of English and Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill and Director of Future Humanities 2—the TRaCE project

    Moderator: John Stevenson, Dean, the Graduate School; Professor of English, University of Colorado, Boulder


    9:50 – 11:10 a.m.             The Future of the Dissertation in the Social Sciences


    Virginia R. Dominguez, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Anthropology (and member of the Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Carribean Studies faculty), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Jennifer L. Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

    Moderator: Edelma Huntley, Dean-in-Residence, Council of Graduate Schools


    11:10-11:20                        Morning Break


    11:20 – 12:40 p.m.             The Future of the Dissertation in the Natural Sciences


    Tom Rudin, Director, Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

    Alan Leshner, CEO Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

    Moderator: Mohan Kankanhalli, Vice Provost (Graduate Education) and Professor of Computer Science, National University of Singapore


    12:40 – 1:00 p.m.            Facilitating the Future of the Dissertation


    Suzanne Ortega, President, CGS




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