Effective Strategies for Supporting Doctoral Students

By Ilda Jimenez y West and Gokce Gokalp.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Based on a research study that focuses on the effectiveness of a doctoral support center the purpose of this presentation is to discuss innovative means to support students to complete their doc- torate at a selective research university. Because it is important to assess doctoral education through the eyes of doctoral students, we have done so with the intent to better our practices as action researchers and participant practitioners. Doctoral Support Center (DSC) writing advisors are required to have an earned doctoral degree. The expert knowledge acquired through our past experience as doctoral candidates along with conducting research on our target student population and reflecting on the current literature on supporting doctoral students is put into action to serve students, thus we refer to ourselves as “participant practitioners”. The DSC drew from survey and focus group data to identify and create academic (curricular) and socio-emotional (co-curricular) support services for students pursuing a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.), most of who are female and are from different minority groups within the United States (Hispanic/Latino, African American, Asian, and Hawaiian). Findings related to the ef- fectiveness of these interventions are discussed.

Keywords: Doctoral Student Support, Writing Workshops, Participant Practitioner, Dissertation Support

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp.11-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 975.926KB).

Dr. Ilda Jimenez y West

Writing Advisor, Rossier School of Education, Doctoral Support Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Dr. Ilda Jimenez y West is a writing advisor at the Doctoral Support Center at USC’s Rossier School of Education. Dr. Jimenez y West holds a Ph.D. in Socio-cultural Anthropology. She has taught Religions of Latin America and Writing 140 at USC. Her professional experience includes managing USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, recruiting for USC as an Admissions Counselor, promoting higher education to disenfranchised youth in the South Los Angeles area through the USC Upward Bound program, working in various capacities both in Student and Academic Affairs. She is also the creator of the Operation Dissertation Acceleration program which has been very successful in helping doctoral students complete their dissertations.

Dr. Gokce Gokalp

Writing Advisor, Rossier School of Education, Doctoral Support Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Dr. Gokce Gokalp is a writing advisor for the Doctoral Support Center and has recently completed her Ph.D. with an emphasis in Educational Psychology at the USC Rossier School of Education. She has been a part of the DSC family as a graduate assistant since it first opened its doors to doctoral students in 2005. She was also involved in the restructuring of the Ed. D. program as a teaching assistant to several core courses. Her research interests include effects of stress on cognitive processes and academic decision-making as well as help seeking behavior of graduate students.


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