2012-2013 Seminar Series

Welcome to the 2012-2013 web seminar series! Please access individual pages to see the details about each seminar. We hope to see as many of you at these presentations as possible! These are free and open-access web seminars–anyone from anywhere in the world may access these.

Conducting a Pilot Study

Presented by

Ryan Boylan
Doctoral Student, GSU

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 8:00 p.m. USA/NewYork Time Zone

Please click on or paste into your URL the following link within 30 minutes of the seminar: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=221&password=M.80DB6CAAAB68292E3F4DB906E3B178

This presentation will focus on setting up, running and completing a study prior to embarking on dissertation research. This is a great way to get your feet wet as an investigator and researcher. This will walk you through the steps necessary for both the “pilot” study and the dissertation from selecting the topic and focus group(s) all the way to carrying out the study and ultimately presenting and/or publishing the research. Ryan is currently conducting original research and will offer strong insights into considering

Ryan Boylan

Ryan Boylan

topics and strategies for conducting research.

Ryan Boylan is a doctoral student in Language and Literacy at George State University and his research interest include Foreign Language Education, specifically how the teaching of language in a cultural context influences language proficiency among students.


Crafting an Academic Identity:

Navigating between US and Turkish Culture

Presented by

Tuba Angay-Crowder
Doctoral Student, GSU

Sunday, March 24, 2013, 8:00 p.m. USA/New York Time Zone
Please click on or paste into your URL the following link within 30 minutes of the start of the seminar:
 A borderland is a vague and undermined place created by emotional residue of an unnatural place boundary. It is in a constant state of transition” – Anzaldua (1987)

Developing a positive identity as a professional scholar is an essential task for a

Tuba Angay-Crowder

Tuba Angay-Crowder

doctoral student (Austin & McDaniels, 2006). Students who experience two different cultures especially with minority status, may feel caught between the dynamics of these cultures, and have a conflicting self identity, values, attitudes, beliefs, or loyalty to a particular cultural group, which may be problematic (Lee, 2006).  In this seminar, Tuba will present how she lives in the overlapping border spaces and the cultural representations while she develops a constructive professional identity. This process is not just a matter of accepting her differences and learning to live with them, but rather, it is a moment when she attain self-awareness between two cultures. The development of expertise in navigating across cultures is a critical component of the development of self and identity, especially for people who experience life as minorities on the basis of racial, ethnic, religious, or other social categories (Pufall-Jones & Mistry, 2010).

Tuba Angay-Crowder is a Ph.D student at Language and Literacy at Georgia State University. She taught English in various grade levels in her home country Turkey, and the US. She worked with ESL teachers in England, and the US where she also have been volunteering at teaching English to refugees at International Rescue Committee. Her research interest are L2 writing, multiliteracies, and academic literacies.


Persevering Through the Prospectus Process
Presented by
Megan Nason and Nicole Maxwell
Doctoral Candidates, GSU

Sunday, October 28, 2012
8:00 p.m. (USA/New York Time Zone)

Megan Nason

Nicole Maxwell

Writing your prospectus is a daunting task.  After all, it is the first three chapters of your dissertation…the final step in completing your doctoral degree.  Although it is intimidating, it is certainly achievable.  Successfully navigating through the prospectus stage requires intense focus, time, commitment, effort, and flexibility as you plan a strong, relevant research study that you can successfully accomplish. Please, join Nicole Maxwell and Megan Nason as they share their experiences related to successfully writing and defending their prospectuses.

Nicole and Megan just recently (and successfully) defended their dissertations and will have many important tips to consider as you move through your dissertation journey.


Getting the Ball Rolling: 
Developing a Course of Study, a relationship with your advisor and your Curriculum Vitae

Presented by

Ryan N. Boylan
Doctoral Student, GSU

Sunday, November 11, 2012
8:00 p.m. (USA/New York Time Zone)

Ryan Boylan

Upon beginning the doctoral program, students generally worry about registering for classes and getting through those first few classes. However, it is during this time that some of the most important work in the program needs to be undertaken. This includes the development of three elements: a) the course of study; b) a relationship with your advisor; and c) your curriculum vitae. Once these elements are developed and put into play, the hard work will be done (except for comps and the dissertation) and you can take care of the day to day business of working towards the completion of your program. While developing these areas may seem daunting, it is actually relatively easy to do. It simply takes time and planning. In this presentation, you will be introduced to key strategies that will help you to develop each of these areas and set you up for success in your doctoral program.

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