Forward Momentum: Providing Supportive Space for EdD Students’ Dissertation Progression through Weekly Online Writing Sessions




online writing sessions, education doctorate, writing, community building


This essay describes an online writing group introduced to a CPED EdD program at a research-intensive, land-grant university during the summer of 2020 when the existing face-to-face program shifted to fully online delivery. The purpose of the writing sessions was to support EdD student practitioners with dissertation writing productivity by offering multiple weekly opportunities for synchronous writing sessions via Zoom online video conferencing. Although this new program is still in development, initial student feedback suggests that the writing sessions not only supported students’ dissertation progression, but it also established a sense of community and social support in an online environment. Lessons learned are shared, and we argue that this could be an ideal time to offer online writing sessions, especially since the pandemic will continue into the coming months. 

Author Biographies

Laura G. Maldonado, North Carolina State University

Senior Research Associate

Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research

J. Jordan Dolfi, North Carolina State University

Coordinator, Postsecondary CTE Research Fellows Program, Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research

James E. Bartlett, II, North Carolina State University

Associate Professor

Director Charlotte Chort - EdD in Community College Leadership

Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research

Michelle E. Bartlett, North Carolina State University

Assistant Teaching Professor

Director Raleigh Cohort - EdD in Community College Leadership

Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research


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How to Cite

Maldonado, L. G., Dolfi, J. J., Bartlett, II, J. E., & Bartlett, M. E. (2021). Forward Momentum: Providing Supportive Space for EdD Students’ Dissertation Progression through Weekly Online Writing Sessions. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 6(3), 13–20.



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