Author Archives: Melissa Williams


Dissertation Changes: End of Course Evaluations

December 14, 2012

Capella has determined what we believe will be the five most significant effects of the dissertation changes on learners coming into 2013. One of these is that the evaluations that have been available to learners during coursework will now be … Continue reading

Watershed Time

November 6, 2012

Looking back on the graduate school period of my life now (almost the first decade of this century), I’m reminded of a great line in a song by the Indigo Girls: “Every five years or so I look back on … Continue reading

The Unnamed Technique (Or, “Why a Second Set of Eyes is Always Useful”)

September 24, 2012

I had an AWESOME post ready to roll for the blog this week. It was all about how to convey constructive criticism to your mentor when something’s not right about the relationship. I got the idea from a friend who’s … Continue reading

Explaining Your Dissertation to Amelia Bedelia

August 13, 2012

As a child, I felt a wicked sense of glee when I read Amelia Bedelia books. Amelia Bedelia is a housekeeper who takes all instructions literally. If asked to draw the curtains, she pulls out a sketch pad and etches … Continue reading

All By Myself: fighting off loneliness in the doctoral process

July 2, 2012

I used to partner with a particular faculty member to present a colloquium session on juggling life and one’s doctoral program. I really loved a metaphor she used; she would compare dissertating in a world full of non-doctoral learners to … Continue reading