Dissertations Development: Giving Students the Tools to Produce Better Outcomes

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Recorded on 11/12/2020

Posted in Scholarly Communication and Research


Dissertation students are more effective when they have support and resources available from their university. Dr. Jearl K. Helvey, Associate Professor of Education – Doctoral Program, Texas Wesleyan University discusses how they achieve an 80% dissertation completion rate (compared to a 30% national average). He explains how he has leveraged tools like ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) to build a curriculum that sets students up for success and how the Library can help. ProQuest’s Dissertations and Theses collection is one of the most substantial in the world, and has been declared the official off-site repository for the Library of Congress.

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    Dr. Jearl K. Helvey

    Associate Professor of EducationTexas Wesleyan University

    Dr. Helvey teaches doctoral courses in global education, school finance, organizational change, technology for education professionals, the superintendency, and masters courses in school leadership and technology. He is also a Senior Associate with N2 Learning where he serves as a consultant in area schools in strategic planning, community-based accountability, bond planning, and other education initiatives. Dr. Helvey has successfully led numerous change processes through strategic planning, curriculum and master planning, technology planning, program analysis for budget development, and a tax ratification election. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tarleton State University and his master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A & M Commerce and received his doctoral degree from the University of North Texas.

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    Austin McLean

    Senior Director, Academic RelationsProQuest

    Austin McLean oversees a team that ensures universities have opportunities to maximize the dissemination of their PhD and Master’s Theses through the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global) database.  Austin also works in areas of scholarly communication and digital preservation at ProQuest. He serves at Treasurer of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), a non-profit group dedicated to sharing knowledge and best practices for Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). Austin is a frequent speaker at library conferences, having presented at ALA, ETD 2019 and USETDA 2019. Austin holds a Master’s Degree, Certificate in Telecommunications Economics Policy and Science from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree from DePauw University.