- Role of the Supervisor
The student’s dissertation supervisor will be involved in supervising this project from beginning to end as well as contributing to the oral examination. Because of the scope of the research and the expectations of the assignment, nothing can be left to “the last minute.” To that end, the project will be divided into distinct stages with deadlines to help ensure that the final essay is of a publishable standard and finished in a timely fashion.
- Stages of the Project
The student needs to register for ENGL 6901 as though it were a regular course. The research project will move through four formal stages, before the student can submit the essay to be evaluated-though presumably he or she will communicate regularly with his or her supervisor. Before registering in ENGL 6901, the student must have met with his or her supervisor to agree upon a viable topic. It is expected that the student will have already done preliminary research, either in a course or for his or her OGS/SSHRC application. This initial meeting should establish the promise of the topic and begin to set up parameters for the research, such as possible primary and secondary sources. The student will then embark upon the second stage: the completion of a two-page proposal and an annotated bibliography. Once the supervisor has found the proposal and bibliography to be a sound foundation for further research, the student may proceed to the third stage: the writing of the first draft. A month after the first draft, a second draft will complete the fourth stage. The student will then have a month to make final revisions. The deadlines of the stages are laid out as follows:
- Stage 1: Meet with one’s supervisor before December 30
- Stage 2: Submit to one’s supervisor a two-page proposal and an annotated bibliography by February 1
- Stage 3: Submit to one’s supervisor a first draft for feedback by May 1
- Stage 4: Submit to one’s supervisor a second draft for feedback by June 1
- Stage 5: Submit to Graduate Chair the finished essay by July 1
- Communications with Graduate Supervisor
To ensure that the student is advancing through the stages in a timely fashion, the Graduate Chair will contact the student’s supervisor after each deadline. No formal paperwork need pass between Chair and supervisor, but the latter should indicate the student’s progress and success at researching the essay.
- Submitting the Final Essay
The student will email the finished essay with a cover letter directly to the Graduate Supervisor, who will forward both documents to all committee members. In the cover letter, the student will explain his or her research’s contribution to the field and indicate to which peer-reviewed journal(s) he or she should submit the essay, fully justifying the choice.