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Ph.D. Timeline, Standard Track

YEAR 1:

FALL SEMESTER    

  • GTAs take 2 courses (801 + one), teach 2 courses; GRAs take 3 courses.
  • Visit assigned advisor once a month to update on progress & perceptions. 1st-year advisors can assist with selecting classes for the Spring semester, solidifying and articulating a field of specialization, advice about publishing, conferences, professionalization issues, etc.

SPRING SEMESTER

  • GTAs take 2 courses (800 or 780 + one), teach 2 courses; GRAs take 3 courses.
  • Visit assigned advisor or DGS once during the semester; discuss best advisor choices for Year 2.

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Enroll in Summer Institute if topic and/or methodology matches interests.
  • Consider conferences suited to your field and schedule; choose a local one for attendance in Year 2 and draft an Abstract for a conference paper (preferably with ideas/materials/ writing drawn from a seminar paper).  Even if abstract is not accepted, you can attend the conference without the pressure of presenting.

YEAR 2:

  • Attend at least one conference to familiarize yourself with procedure, network with other grad students and scholars in your field, AND/OR present a paper.

FALL SEMESTER

  • Take 2 courses, teach 2 courses.
  • Visit advisor in person at least once during the semester.

WINTER BREAK

  • Begin revising one of your seminar papers/independent study projects/creative pieces for submission to a journal; research the journals most suited to placement of your piece.

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Take 2 courses, teach 2 courses.
  • Begin thinking about fields and texts for comprehensive examinations.
  • Choose an advisor to supervise you through the doctoral examination process.
  • Visit assigned 1st-year advisor in person at least once during the semester (at least to formally request doctoral exam supervision OR to notify that you are changing advisors).

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Summer teaching, if eligible.
  • Continue revising paper/creative writing for submission to a journal.
  • Begin reading for comprehensive exams.

YEAR 3:

  • Attend one conference and present a paper. Apply for one-time funding for out-of-state travel from Graduate Studies. 

FALL SEMESTER

  • Teach 2 courses; take 997 (exam prep).
  • Finalize comps list by end of September; begin drafting rationales.
  • Visit advisor in person at least once during the semester.
  • Circulate the draft of your article/creative piece to your advisor, other faculty in the field, and/or advanced grad students in the field for suggestions.

WINTER BREAK

  • Revise article/creative piece with feedback from readers.

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Teach 2 courses; take 997 or 999 (dissertation hours). Enroll in 999 if you plan to take your comps this semester, even if you don’t take them until the last day of classes.
  • Take comps sometime between January and May.
  • Visit advisor in person at least once during the semester.

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Summer teaching, if available.
  • Submit article/creative work for publication.
  • Continuous enrollment after completing doctoral exam (full policy on p. 20)
  • Research deadlines for grant applications—note deadlines come early in the year.

YEAR 4:

  • Attend one conference and present a paper.

FALL SEMESTER

  • Teach 2 courses, take 999.
  • Compose dissertation proposal by November.
  • Schedule Review of Dissertation Proposal (RDP—formerly DPR).
  • Visit advisor in person at least once during the semester.

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Teach 2 courses, take 999.
  • Apply for at least one grant or fellowship, such as a departmental-level GRAship or dissertation fellowship. (Winning a full-year, non-teaching fellowship can cut down your years-to-degree to 5 ½, or even 5 years.)
  • Conduct research for and draft at least 1 dissertation chapter.
  • Visit advisor in person at least once during the semester.

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Conduct research and complete a draft of at least 1 dissertation chapter.
  • Summer teaching, if available.
  • Revise & resubmit journal article, if necessary.

YEAR 5:

  • Attend one conference and present a paper.

FALL SEMESTER

  • Teach 2 courses, take 999.
  • Attend 1st round of job market meetings with Job Placement Advisor (JPA) to start drafting materials and thinking about the process.
  • Research and complete a draft of at least 1 dissertation chapter, if teaching (1-2 chapters if not).
  • Visit dissertation chair and committee members in person at least once during the semester.

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Teach 2 courses, take 999.
  • Research and complete a draft of at least 1 dissertation chapter (1-2 chapters if not teaching).
  • Apply for a departmental grant or fellowship, or, if already held, try applying for one from outside the department, such as those offered by KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities or the Office of Graduate Studies. For a monthly list of funding opportunities, visit the Graduate Studies website.
  • Visit dissertation chair and committee members in person at least once during the semester.

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Research and complete a draft of at least 1 dissertation chapter.
  • Summer teaching, if available.

YEAR 6:

FALL SEMESTER

  • Teach 2 courses, take 999.
  • Attend job market meetings with JPA in earnest.
  • Apply for external grants, research fellowships, postdoctoral positions with fall deadlines (previous fellowship applications, your dissertation proposal, and subsequent writing should provide a frame so that much of the application can be filled out with the “cut & paste” function).
  • Research and complete a draft of at least 1 dissertation chapter (1-2 if not teaching).
  • Visit dissertation chair and committee members in person at least once during the semester.

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Teach 2 courses, take 999.
  • Polish dissertation chapters.
  • Apply for grants and fellowships with spring deadlines.
  • Visit dissertation chair and committee members in person at least once during the semester.
  • Defend dissertation.

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