TOP SECRET supervisor PhD history


Which of the following do you show your PhD students? Do you share your own:

  • PhD proposal
  • colloquium (or similar) document
  • drafts
  • final thesis
  • examiner feedback
  • articles or books published from the thesis?

I am imagining a great online resource that displays all these things for each willing PhD supervisor in a faculty (with all privacy concerns addressed, of course- but this is just an imagining)! I must be having these daydreams because of a unit I’m teaching for pre-service English teachers in which they are foregrounded as writers themselves. How do we foreground PhD supervisors as students ourselves, always learning, always evolving, and performing this in everything we write?

This resource would also be a great way to show how doctoral projects often end up in very different places from their beginnings. Plus it would help balance the relationship and emphasise shared experiences, rather than any power imbalance. I would be happy to show these items to my future students… but I wonder how often this is done.



Author: Lucinda McKnight

Dr Lucinda McKnight is a lecturer in curriculum and pedagogy at Deakin University. She has a BA in Fine Arts, Women's Studies and English from the University of Melbourne, an MA (Distinction) in Media, Culture and Communication, from the Institute of Education now at UCL, and a PhD in Education from Deakin University. Her cartoons have appeared in a number of publications, including Farrago and Health Voice. She has exhibited her artwork at Museum Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts.

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