Betrayed by Your Adviser

February 20, 2006 Chronicle of Higher Education

By David D. Perlmutter

The second source behind the dead-end dissertations, and the one I’ll focus on here, is advisers who, for whatever reason, decide to use a student’s dissertation as an extension of their own work — without regard to whether the text will build the student’s scholarly skills and career portfolio.


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Lisa
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