In the next couple days, I’m wrapping up Draft No. 3, the penultimate version of my dissertation. Kenda Dean, my advisor, will look it over, and early next week she’ll distribute it to the other three members of my dissertation committee. How this works is, Kenda tells them which page numbers of the dissertation will most interest them — usually, the sections where I deal directly with their work. While they, of course, can read the whole thing, professors’ schedules being what they are, they may not get to it.
Kenda will then funnel their observations back to me, later this month, and then I’ve got until March 15 to make those revisions, format the thing to very exacting specifications, and get it in hard copy to the PhD Studies Office at Princeton (Theological Seminary).
Among the finishing touches I’ve had to put on is the acknowledgements section. While I won’t disclose the entirety just yet, here’s what I wrote about Kenda, [Read more…]