Our Dissertation House Paper – Published in CBE Life Sciences Education

My co-authors and I are thrilled that our paper on the Dissertation House has finally been published! After 10 years of optimizing the program and gathering data, we have a full, published paper to share with you about the Dissertation House model. As a founder of the Dissertation House, along with my colleagues UMBC Grad Dean Dr. Janet Rutledge, and Dissertation Coach Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, I can say that there is great joy here in Maryland as we celebrate this work, along with the accomplishments of the students who have utilized the support of this intervention. Dissertation House alum, Dr. Lenisa Joseph joined us to write this paper.

The paper can be found here:




The website for the Dissertation House can be found here:

The Dissertation House is a project of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), a program of the National Science Foundation.

The shirt with the hashtag, #TeamGetItDone on the front was developed based upon the request of then mechanical engineering graduate student, Dr. Sophoria Westmoreland. 7Pointe Planning of Washington DC helped us to get the shirts. The shirts are worn by students in the Dissertation House (DH).

Dissertation House shirt back

Alumna Dr. Jennifer Bacon wrote the book, Sisters in the Dissertation House, which chronicled the journey of two of the DH students. The book now has an accompanying annual Friday night dessert discussion, conceived by DH alum, Dr. Shanna Smith, now a Visiting Professor of English at Jackson State University.

Sisters in the DH2

Thanks to all who helped us to achieve this milestone of providing evidence for our project!


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