Making Good Progress

As a graduate student you are responsible for keeping track of your own program and ensuring that you are completing appropriate milestones/tasks on time. This page provides information that may be helpful to you as you plan for future years, track your progress, and make plans for your dissertation. You should discuss your progress with your advisor from time to time to ensure that everyone is one the same page.

Every graduate student should make sure that he or she is on track to meeting the degree requirements for the program. These requirements include coursework, preliminary examination, the portfolio, and the dissertation.
These are minimum requirements. The School also encourages you to enhance your graduate experience to help you prepare for the career and life path you are most interested in. We have tried to come with ways that you can enhance your graduate experience to prepare you for that path. Although these ideas are not exhaustive, they can be a useful starting point:

Finally, we encourage you familiarize yourself with the Graduate Student Handbook and with the various forms you will need to complete to prove that you have passed the milestones in our program.

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Miller, J. L., Sandburg, S., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Diamonds in the rough: Claims, evidence, and reasoning in Facebook comments. 
American Behavioral Scientist.
Lippert, A., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Click for Dixie: Virtual plantation tours’ use of White nostalgia and directed narrative experience. Chapter proposal accepted for the edited collection, Subjectivities of Interactive Nostalgia

2017 Excellence in Service Award recipient, The National Society of Leadership and Success: Ohio University Chapter. Nominated by former students. Carson Kay was the only graduate student and the only humanities scholar awarded by the society.


Kay, C. S. (2018, January 29). Graduate school and you: Insight from a Viking alum. Invited Skype presenter to discuss the graduate school experience with Dr. Sam Nazione’s senior seminar communication course at Berry College.
Kay, C. S. (2017, November 16-19). The young judge’s dilemma: Examining the tension between established team friendship and objectivity in judging ‘cousin’ teams.” Paper presented at the 2017 National Communication Association Annual Convention, Austin, Texas.
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