The Portable Dissertation Advisor

Corwin Press, 2004
Miles Bryant

As a faculty member in the Department of Educational Administration at UNL, Dr. Miles Bryant is familiar with the challenges nontraditional graduate  students face as they try to complete a dissertation via distance or part-time. As a result of his work advising distance students and teaching a course on the construction of a dissertation, Dr. Bryant has created The Portable Dissertation Advisor, an easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to completing a dissertation. While written with distance students in mind, all doctoral students can benefit from the information provided by Dr. Bryant. In sections devised to follow the conventional structure of a dissertation, Bryant organizes the book to help you locate vital information quickly and efficiently and includes practical advice in several areas, such as:

• Finding a topic, a theory and a research method
• Outlining a proposal
• Organizing and reporting your data
• Interacting with and developing a positive relationship with your advisor
• Creating a dissertation support group, plus an appendix listing activities for a support group

The Portable Dissertation Advisor offers sage advice on navigating the dissertation process and includes information on contacting leaders in your field  about your research, staying healthy and getting published. Appendices about studies on writing a dissertation and an assessment instrument for evaluating your study complete this thorough work