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  1. Ph.D. Student OrientationAugust 24, 2012

  2. The Ph.D. Brainstorm by yourself the first words that come to mind to describe the ways in which a Ph.D. differs from a Masters level degree?

  3. Navigating JMU: Systems and Resources Introductions Software & Computing (Jen Rau & Grant Rosen) The insiders guide to Courses (Nick Rau) SLSS Student Handbook and The Grad School (Susan Murphy & Emily Benner) Building Community at SSLS (Geary Cox)

  4. Software & Computing • MyMadison • Many uses • The Graduate School is building more capabilities for grad students • Correspondence from SSLS and The Graduate School through JMU student email only. http://www.jmu.edu/grad/orientation/jmu-email.shtml • Blackboard (and on the iPad or other tablets). • General Computing: http://www.jmu.edu/computing/ • Accessing the library http://www.lib.jmu.edu/proxy/default.aspx • JMU official Wireless using your laptop or iPad or smartphone for library access or watching movies. http://www.lib.jmu.edu/research/mobile.aspx#iPad • SPSS—Available to employees for free or can be bought http://studentdiscounts.com/spss.aspx?gclid=CMH_v8_B-7ECFQJx4AodLjUACQ

  5. Software & Computing cont. IRB – Institutional Review Board http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/irb/irbqa.html The institutional review board or IRB is an independent, administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects. Mandatory training for persons planning to conduct research involving human subjects

  6. Software & Computing cont. Qualtrics – Survey research suite. “Easy enough for an intern” and it’s FREE, to boot! http://www.qualtrics.com/academic-solutions/james-madison-university Eventually you will conduct research and use surveys to gather data.

  7. Multidisciplinary Courses: Secrets to Registering & Completing • MBA • Talk to Emily, upperclass students, & JMU MBAs • Psychology Stats Courses • Grad Psych – Pass intro exam or take class • Speak with Professors • LEAD courses • Register yourself! • Variable credit courses • http://www.jmu.edu/leadership/info_current_students.shtml

  8. Graduate School Virtual Orientation http://www.jmu.edu/grad/orientation/

  9. General Sequence of Important Events

  10. Comprehensive Exam • Part of the Capstone course (LEAD 890 3-6 credits) • 4 major areas of study • Leadership theories and research as well as the role of leadership in strategic change • Statistical analysis literacy with respect to study design, analysis, as well as assessment strategies • General knowledge of business practices as applied to case analysis • Concentration areas themes as designated by your advisor • Work to develop study guide with instructor and other students

  11. LEAD 890: Advanced Leadership Dynamics

  12. Dissertation Checklist (from The Graduate School Website) Following the guidelines for your program, register for the appropriate course. Choose a graduate faculty member to act as the chair of your committee then form the rest of your committee under the guidance of your chosen committee chair and among approved graduate faculty. Submit the Committee Approval form to The Graduate School within two weeks of registering. After your research is completed and you are ready to begin writing, refer to the style guide used by your academic unit and The Graduate School formatting requirements (Format Manual). Prepare a rough draft of your document. Consult with your committee for approval of the content of your document. Attend a formatting workshop scheduled in the semester that you plan to complete your document. Arrange for The Director of Student Support to review the format of your rough draft. Review may be conducted in person at The Graduate School office or via email with the Director of Student Support. Make any necessary changes in content or format. Obtain signatures on approval pages, signed in black ink on each copy. Submit original signed copies of approval pages to The Graduate School. Submit your document(s) to JMU libraries electronically. For Dissertations, submit one copy electronically to ProQuest.

  13. Hints from Grad School • 2 Key Policy Reminders • Continuous enrollment (except summer, otherwise placeholder course GRAD 597 & $50) • YOU must apply to graduate. • Note. Two most frequently mentioned areas students claim they “did not know about.”

  14. Brainstorm as many questions as you can for our student panel. In other words, what information haven’t you heard yet today, but were excited to ask about?