It is important to remember that you don’t have to please every thesis/dissertation chairperson and committee member.

Many committee members have philosophical and technical differences of opinion. It is important for you to avoid getting in the middle of any verbal combat between committee members. There will be times when you must arbitrate to gain consensus, and there also will be times when you must stand up and assert your own views to the committee.

Intellectual disagreement is inevitable, but it can succeed when you convey it tactfully and respectfully to improve your position and credibility with the chairperson and committee members. The best course of action would be to dress like one of them, talk like they do, and write like they do. This will help you to attain the highest academic degree available upon the completion of your dissertation.

As a dissertation student, you have much to gain by realizing that you need to become empowered.

What I mean is: you need to realize that all dissertations will have limits. All dissertations will have weaknesses, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Acknowledge the weaknesses. Now certainly, if the weakness could be controlled or eliminated, then you need to do so. However, all research and all dissertations have limits and weaknesses. You must acknowledge that and not be afraid. If a faculty member becomes critical of your design, you can appropriately respond by saying that your dissertation needed to be limited.


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