Author Archives: Renetta Garrison Tull

About Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland (http://www.umbc.edu), and the Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise. The PROMISE AGEP includes alliance members: UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore, and the University of Maryland College Park. She is passionate about training postdocs for careers, cultivating new graduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, retention of all graduate students, and Ph.D. Completion. She speaks nationally on these topics, and has projects in Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Puerto Rico. Her personal website is: http://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Google+ google.com/+RenettaTull. Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull

Blog your progress! Winter 2017 Dissertation House Blog. All invited.


The Winter 2017 Dissertation House starts today at UMBC. All participants will be blogging daily, but anyone can join, from any location in the world. Are you working on your dissertation? Join in! Click here: Winter 2017 DH Blog Aren’t … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation House | Leave a comment

Sisters in the Dissertation House – Dessert Discussion: Fri. Aug. 19, 2016 #ThinkBigDiversity


Building upon the inaugural idea of Dr. Shanna Smith (Visiting Professor of English at Jackson State University, former GA for the PROMISE AGEP and PROMISE Peer Mentor at College Park), and the book “Sisters in the Dissertation House” by Dr. … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation House | 3 Comments

July 2016 Writing Workshops w/lectures on impact factor and “false demon of perfection”


Building upon the foundation of the Dissertation House, we continue to host workshops for students and postdocs who are working on other projects, e.g., grant proposals, publications, research portfolios, job applications. This week, by popular demand, we’re bringing “Writing for … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation House | 31 Comments

The Dissertation House Online, open now! All invited


We’re so pleased that the PROMISE Dissertation House sessions are so popular, and we are especially thankful to all of the people who have been involved and who have finished their dissertations as part of the DH! Since space is … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

University System of Maryland (USM) Dissertation House at the PROMISE Summer Success Institute – August 18-19, 2016 #ThinkBigDiversity


University System of Maryland (USM) Dissertation House at the PROMISE Summer Success Institute – August 18-19, 2016 (with activities on 8/20-8/21) – The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, Hanover, Maryland.  UMBC and PROMISE Maryland’s AGEP are sponsoring the 2016 system-wide Dissertation House for graduate students … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation House | 1 Comment

A great night – Sisters in the Dissertation House. A great DH, sponsored by UMB


Sisters in the Dissertation House #Legacy @PROMISE_AGEP #TeamGetItDone #Reloaded #ThinkBigDiversity @drwestmoreland pic.twitter.com/SG38NGhj0Z — Alexis Williams (@alexisinc) August 15, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js One post describes the event. It was a banner evening for the “Sisters in the Dissertaton House” discussion on Friday, … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation House | 2 Comments

“Sisters in The Dissertation House” book discussion and dessert session, Fri. 8/14, 8:30 PM @ The Hotel


Friday Night, August 14, 2015 8:30 PM – 10 PM The Hotel at Arundel Preserve,  7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076 Book Discussion & Dessert Session: Sisters in the Dissertation House Book author Dr. Jennifer Bacon will be discussing … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation House | 3 Comments

The Summer 2015 Challenge is now online! Are you working? Post your goals!


Each summer we host a Dissertation House online that connects to participants in our in-person Dissertation Houses in Maryland. You don’t need to be a doctoral student in Maryland to join. You can be  student at any school in the … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation House | 1 Comment

Dissertation House at the 2015 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI): Aug. 13-15


University System of Maryland (USM) Dissertation House at the PROMISE Summer Success Institute – August 13-15, 2015 The University of Maryland, Baltimore  and PROMISE Maryland’s AGEP are sponsoring a system-wide Dissertation House for graduate students in STEM programs.  The writing and research retreat will … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, Summer Dissertation House | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Create the $$$$ slide” – Scott Morgan @UMBC Saturday Brunch Seminar


This morning, Scott Morgan from DC’s The Morgan Group is the key speaker for our Saturday Brunch Seminar on public speaking and preparing presentations. Morgan suggests that each person should have a “money slide” or a main idea that is … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation House | Leave a comment

“No one will lower your grade if you don’t submit to a conference.” UMBC Graduate Dean Janet Rutledge discusses the need for self efficacy and independence


On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Dr. Janet Rutledge, Dean of the Graduate School at UMBC, addressed the participants of the Winter 2015 Dissertation House. Dr. Rutledge, a national leader in graduate education, discussed the “process” of obtaining the PhD. She stated … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, UMBC, Winter Dissertation House | Leave a comment

Dissertation House @UMBC started today! Post your goals (and “finishing the dissertation in 3 days” should NOT be one of them!)


At 9:00 AM EST, we opened the Winter 2015 Dissertation House at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland). We have a wonderful group of students from UMBC and UMB in house, and we invite … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, Winter Dissertation House | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Write your dissertation like it’s a job, not a hobby. Tips from @DrWCarter, Dr. @AlexisInc, & Dr. Nanda Cortes in http://thedissertationhouse.com


This morning, we opened the Fall 2014 “Dissertation House for Employees and Non-Traditional Students.” This event is set aside to specifically serve career professionals, and non-traditional students who came back to school to work on their PhDs. Some have children … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation House | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dissertation House for Employees and Non-traditional Students, 10/10-11


If you are an employee of UMBC (50% time or more) or a “Non-Traditional” student, and if you are working on your graduate school courses, proposal, or dissertation, then this event is for you! We’ve worked with our UMBC employees who … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, UMBC | 1 Comment

Dissertation House for University System of Maryland at SSI, August 14-15, 2014


University System of Maryland (USM) Dissertation House at the PROMISE Summer Success Institute – August 14-15, 2014 The University of Maryland, College Park  and PROMISE Maryland’s AGEP are sponsoring a system-wide Dissertation House for graduate students in STEM programs.  The writing and research retreat … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, Summer Dissertation House | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The research content should be the challenge, not the dissertation process


This morning, Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale opened the Summer 2014 Dissertation House at UMBC with a story about her own dissertation process. She said that part of the motivation for her current passion as a “Dissertation Coach” is that the research … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, Summer Dissertation House, UMBC | Tagged , | Leave a comment

It’s the season for the Summer Dissertation House! In-person, and online!


Are you planning to work on your dissertation this weekend? Take at least a brief break to enjoy the holiday before you get back to work. Our in-person Summer 2014 Dissertation Houses will be at UMBC, College Park, and at … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation House | Leave a comment

The University of Maryland College Park’s Dissertation House is coming: July 15-18, 2014!


Students at the University of Maryland College Park, your chance to attend a Dissertation House is here! The on-campus setting provides Dissertation House participants with productive and rewarding scholastic engagement. Students who participate in this program will spend each day thinking, writing, … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, Summer Dissertation House, University of Maryland College Park | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Summer Dissertation House at UMBC begins in July. Applications are being accepted now.


The Summer Dissertation House is coming to UMBC, July 8-11. Graduate students who plan to participate should follow the application procedures on the application webpage for the Dissertation House. Open application period: Early bird May 12, 2014 – May 23, 2014. … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, Summer Dissertation House, UMBC, University of Maryland College Park | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t stop working on the dissertation until you’re finished, and learn from “Painful People”


The following message was posted as part of the Dissertation House’s blog within the “Winter 2014 Challenge” thread.  It is repeated here so that those who read the general blog, will receive the message as well. At the time of … Continue reading

Posted in Dissertation Completion, Dissertation House, PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP, UMBC, Winter Dissertation House | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment