She is enrolled at the Australia National University but currently spends more time on her couch than in her office or the library. Of course the PhD Lifestyle is not like that for everybody. And no coursework means very little reason to be on campus.
I contemplated answering in characters or less, but I wanted to avoid writing a journal article, so I volunteered a blog post instead. Actually, that might have been Socrates talking about life, but my point remains the same.
So — who should it be? In the USA research students are lucky enough to be examined by their supervisors or maybe not so lucky, as this piece from My Grad School suggestsbut in other places examination is a peer review process. In Australia the viva an oral presentation to examiners who have already read the text is rare.
We are a long way from anywhere and flying examiners in is prohibitively expensive.
Thesis examination is an object of study and researchers agree that the choice of thesis examiners needs to be handled with extreme care. Examiners are human and will bring their own pet likes and dislikes into the process of reading your work.
At RMIT, and many other places, the student does not choose the examiners — the supervisor does. Some supervisors are very open about discussing potential examiners with the student; others take the rules very seriously and refuse to even discuss it.
If the latter is the case for you I recommend taking the initiative and broaching the subject anyway as you do have the right to say who should not be examining. Only those who have been immersed in similar topics will be qualified to judge your work.
Your supervisor may not be reading the same sorts of literature and may be unaware of who is out there — so help them out.
The easiest way is to make an examiners profile. Make a list of your five favourite academic writers within your topic domain and Google stalk them. Use this information to write a short 2 or 3 page document for your supervisor.
Include names and short profiles of each person you have chosen as well as your rationale for why they would be a good examiner. Include contact details including university affiliation, address, phone number and email details.
Give this examiner profile document to your supervisor at least six months before you plan to submit which should coincide with the first full draft of your thesis. Finally please — listen to Aunty Thesis Whisperer now — keep a copy of the email with the date stamp. Is there something that should be number five on the list?
Alternatively, do you have any questions about examination? Pop them in the comments!4 things you should know about choosing examiners for your thesis August 9, · by Thesis Whisperer Yesterday on Twitter @ kikidotca asked “do you have some advice about making a list of possible examiners for a PhD?”.
I have compiled a very solid list of the 12 most famous PhD theses (plural of thesis) in history. Do realize that this list includes ‘PhD Theses’ and not books/volumes (so Principia by Newton doesn’t count). A PhD: What do examiners look.
for? Cheryl Tilse School of Social Work and Human Services The University of Queensland What is a PhD? A product/outcome. I do think it is important to go into why Reactionaries think Cthulhu always swims left, because without that they’re vulnerable to the charge that they have no a priori reason to expect our society to have the biases it does, and then the whole meta-suspicion of the modern Inquisition doesn’t work or at least doesn’t work in that particular direction.
A thesis or dissertation is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings. In some contexts, the word "thesis" or a cognate is used for part of a bachelor's or master's course, while "dissertation" is normally applied to a doctorate, while in other contexts, the reverse is true.
Thesis Examination Criteria What do examiners look for in a PhD / Research Doctorate thesis? Examiners are asked to consider eight questions, where appropriate. These are: does the candidate show sufficient familiarity with, and understanding and critical appraisal of, the relevant literature?.