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Writing the Chapters: You have the Power!


You’ve already written a proposal, so you probably have an idea that each chapter has a distinct purpose. However, don’t be fooled into thinking the literature review of the proposal becomes the Chapter II of the dissertation. Just consider how much has changed within the study and your understanding of the field during the expanse […]

Organizing the Dissertation


Dissertation Overview

All dissertations must include the following elements and pages:


  • Title page (aka cover page)
  • Signature page (aka committee page but without signatures)
  • Copyright page (strongly recommended to protect your scholarship)
  • Abstract (We’ll emphasize spending quality time refining the abstract as it’s widely read)
  • Dedication page (optional)
  • Acknowledgments page (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Table of […]

Lejla B. Maley, PhD


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Teaming at a Distance: The Work Experience on Global Virtual Teams

Dr. Lejla Bilal Maley’s research explores the lived experience of working on Global Virtual Teams (GVTs). These teams offer valuable insight during the present-day crisis, as they […]

Cherie B. Patrick, PhD


Dr. Cherie Bridges Patrick and Committee Chair, Dr. Philomena Essed

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Navigating the Silences: Social Worker Discourses Around Race 

Dr. Bridges Patrick’s study explores how subtle and nuanced racial dominance found in social worker discourses worked to produce dynamics that preserve […]

Quick APA Table and Appendices Formatting Tips


This reference is for tables and appendices only. Be sure to consult your department/program handbook to view the dissertation formatting requirements. Figures (e.g., photos or graphics) may have different formatting requirements. For formatting photos and videos, consult the WEX resource “Best Practices for Media.”


General Considerations for Tables

  • There are many kinds of tables, […]

Quick Dissertation Formatting Reference


Congratulations! You’re ready to write your dissertation. One way to mitigate the “intimidation factor” of this manuscript is to begin with small steps. This resource encourages you to become familiar with the auto-formatting functions in Word and to prepare the document ahead of time. Doing so can be a productive activity that will save time […]

Dissertation Survival Tips

  1. Suffering from writer’s block? Take a break! Try taking a shower or a short walk, then come back to your writing with fresh eyes.


  1. Avoid burnout! While working on your dissertation, remember to give yourself a break every once in a while: read something for fun that’s outside of your field or watch […]

Working from Home Tips from the WEX Experts


The Covid-19 crisis has forced many into new experiences of “working” or “studying” from home. At WEX, all of us have had long-term employment working remotely in digital spaces. As any new work environment can have its challenges, we thought we’d collectively share a few ideas with you. Hope these tips help you and others […]

Maria T. Chavez-Haroldson, PhD


Dr. Chavez-Haroldson at her Dissertation Defense. L-R: Dr. Lize Booysen, Committee Chair, Dr. Angelo Gomez, Committee Member

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LatinX Diversity Officers in Higher Education: Capacitating Cultural Values as Champions of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Dr. Chavez-Haroldson’s study explores the lived experiences […]

Writers’ Exchange “Ask the Editor”: URLs in Dissertations


URLs in the Reference Section

From time to time we field questions about how to properly style URLs within the References section of a dissertation. In this post I will outline our expectations and some best practices to help ensure good results.
Please note that the various programs at Antioch have slight differences in their accepted styles […]

Nate Woods, PhD


Photo Credit: GE Aviation

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Taking Off in Africa: Critical Elements of Aircraft Engine Manufacturer Engagement That Can Affect Airline Safety Performance


My research examines critical elements of successful interorganizational engagement between aircraft engine manufactures and airlines. Engagement during two maintenance processes […]