Introducing Thesis and Dissertation Support Services and Director Meagan Kittle Autry!

Meagan Kittle Autry
Meagan Kittle Autry























The Graduate School is excited to announce new services for graduate students that are beginning this fall: Thesis and Dissertation Support Services (TDSS). The services are directed by new staff member Meagan Kittle Autry, an N.C. State alumna.

Thesis and Dissertation Support Services are designed to help increase completion rates of our graduate students and decrease the time it takes them to complete their degree. The services include a variety of workshops and seminars on scholarly writing and best practices in graduate education. A “Dissertation Institute” for doctoral candidates writing their dissertations is in the works for Spring 2014. Student response so far to the first events has been overwhelming: the first two seminars filled and had wait lists within the first 24 hours of registration opening! More events are being added for the fall to try and meet the demand of students (see the remaining Fall 2013 TDSS schedule at the end of this article).

The Director of Thesis and Dissertation Support Services, Meagan Kittle Autry, is thrilled with the initial response to the services and excited to begin working with graduate students at her alma mater. Her vision for the services is to work with graduate students from their first day through the end of their degree to help them all along the way—not just to help students who may be “stuck,” but to really work with them throughout the process to help all graduate students to better understand scholarly writing and the genres of the thesis or dissertation. “Our motto is, ‘Putting the creation of scholarship within reach of students,’ and that’s really what we are doing with TDSS—we are empowering students to finish their theses and dissertations and therefore finish their degrees,” says Meagan.

This fall’s remaining TDSS events are:

  • “Forming an Advisory Committee” faculty panel, Oct. 8 at noon in Witherspoon 201
  • “Planning for Your Dissertation Defense” seminar, Oct. 25 at noon in Hunt Library’s fourth floor lecture hall
  • “Writing a Dissertation Proposal” workshop, Oct. 28 at 2pm in Witherspoon 201
  • “Dissertation 101” seminar, Nov. 15 at 2pm in Witherspoon 201
  • “Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day” seminar, Nov. 19 at noon in Witherspoon 201

Graduate students can find more information about each workshop at and can register for events at

About the Director

Meagan was born much further north of here, just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and moved 800 miles south to North Carolina to attend college. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with Honors at Catawba College, a Master of Arts in English (Rhetoric and Composition) and her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, both at N.C. State. Her dissertation examined professional scientific writing, specifically the scientific research article, and the rise of open access publishing. Her general research interests include the rhetoric of science and technology, genre theory, and higher education administration. Studying the quintessential academic genre of the research article, Meagan is well-equipped to assist graduate students with their theses and dissertations, particularly for the many doctoral students at N.C. State whose dissertations are comprised of several stand-alone research articles.

When not working, Meagan loves to spend time with her husband, Allan, and their adorable dog, Chesney. She and her husband are avid golfers, having both played in college, and Meagan looks forward to playing more often now that she has finished her dissertation!

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