Thesis and Dissertation Consultations

Thesis and Dissertation Consultations

Graduate students working on their thesis or dissertation proposal, prospectus, or draft, or on an article for publication may schedule sessions with the Writing Center's Thesis and Dissertation consultants. These consultants are PhD students or advanced masters students trained to work with advanced graduate writers.

Working with a writing consultant can complement the feedback you receive from your faculty advisors and your peers. A writing consultant can

  • Share strategies for planning, organizing, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Share strategies for maximizing writing productivity
  • Help you identify and use the conventions of writing that are specific to your field
  • Provide a sounding board for you to work out your ideas
  • Provide feedback from the perspective of an educated general audience

Unlike other writing center sessions, thesis and dissertation consultations provide time for consultants to read your draft before they meet with you. Writers submit their draft at least 24 hours in advance of the session, direct the consultant's attention to specific elements of the draft, then meet with the tutor for 45 minutes. Consultants can read between 10 and 25 pages, depending on the material and the roughness of the draft. If your draft is lengthy, consider indicating the pages you’d like the consultant to prioritize.

To make an appointment, register with the Writing Center, log on to the schedule online, and navigate to the Thesis/Diss schedule. Attach your draft to the appointment form at least 24 hours before your appointment begins, and tell the consultant which elements of the draft you'd like them to focus on.

In addition to thesis and dissertation consultations, the Graduate Writing Coordinator offers short 15-30 minute office hour appointments. These short appointments are ideally suited for graduate writers who have quick questions about writing, would like to brainstorm ideas, talk through writer’s block, or develop strategies for solving a variety of writing challenges. To schedule an office-hour appointment, email Sarah Johnson directly at

Thesis and Dissertation Consultants

Sarah Johnson   The Writing Center's Graduate Writing Coordinator, Sarah is a doctoral student in Writing and Rhetoric.