Master of Arts
Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media
Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D.
Shanti Bruce, Ph.D.
Juliette Kitchens, Ph.D.
Expectations for writing at the graduate level are high, yet research reports that many graduate academic writers find the process difficult and tend to struggle with writing. Institutions of higher education have focused on addressing writing at the undergraduate level but have devoted little effort to addressing the specific writing needs of graduate students, particularly in the health sciences. This research addresses this gap in the Health Sciences. This research includes interviews with twelve faculty members in the College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University about their expectations for writing at the postgraduate level. The study was not only concerned with academic writing, but also with professional writing, such as patient notes and referral letters. The results of the interviews were aligned with current literature in that postgraduate dental graduates also struggled with writing and could benefit from writing support. The faculty members were also able to share ten specific areas of writing where students needed assistance. Two outcomes that could benefit from future research are the areas of professional writing and writing for second language students.
Linnette L. Dobbs-Fuller. 2019. Faculty Expectations for Writing at the Postgraduate Level in a College of Dental Medicine. Master's thesis. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, . (50)