American National University is proud to have skilled educators to teach our students. As such, three of our professors, Dr. Shardul Pandya, Dr. Umesh Varma, and Dr. Azad Ali collaborated to submit two papers to the InSITE (Informing Science and Information Technology Education) 2022 conference—to be presented on July 6 and 7. Both papers focus on preparation for the doctoral dissertation. “It has been great working with my esteemed colleagues here at ANU. A team effort, lead by the inimitable Dr. Azad,” remarks Dr. Pandya.
The first paper builds upon a previous paper by Drs. Ali and Pandya in 2021 that provided the framework “for the development of a research problem statement,” as explained by Dr. Ali. It uses analytical thought processes to complete the preparation and writing of a doctoral dissertation through encouraged critical thinking and writing the research problem statement. The second paper they developed focuses on writing a literature review. This paper focuses on the lengthy, daunting process of writing such a review and how much time is wasted on unfocused and unrelated tasks. This process can be streamlined by “clarifying the prerequisites, co-requisites and the repetition and iteration process from writing the literature review,” said Dr. Ali. The paper suggests strategies to overcome the challenges that are faced in writing the literature review portion of doctoral dissertations.
“I am very happy to work with my colleagues Dr. Pandya and Dr. Varma and planning to do more collaborative research in the future,” says Dr. Ali.
Dr. Ali and Dr. Pandya are also adjunct professors at our partner institution, the University of Fairfax, and Dr. Varma serves on several dissertation committees at the school as well. Their research will help many of those students looking to earn their doctorate degree. For those ANU students looking to move onto a doctorate degree and learn more about what programs you can find at the University of Fairfax, visit ufairfax.edu.
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