Brian J.L. Berry
Brief Biography
PhDs at UTD

Brian J.L. Berry
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd.
Richardson, Texas, USA 75080-3021

Tel: 972-569-7173
Fax: 972-883-6297
Office: Green Hall: GR 3.813
Office Hours: By appointment



Deanly responsibilities prevent me from the classroom teaching that I have enjoyed since offering my first class at the University of Washington in 1957. I still work one-on-one with students engaged in research. Undergraduates may register for GEOG4V97.003 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOGRAPHY and doctoral candidates who I am advising on their dissertation research for POEC8V99.003 DISSERTATION.


I also offer POEC8398.001 DISSERTATION SEMINAR on a once-weekly basis each semester. Dissertation seminars are designed to guide the student through preparation and defense of their dissertation proposal. Students normally register for the seminar in the semester following successful completion of their qualifying examinations, although others may register with special permission. Presentations are scheduled each class session on an as-ready basis. Each registrant is expected to make at least two in-class presentations each semester. The presentations are designed to elicit constructive criticism by a broader peer group during the research and writing process. In addition, one-on-one time is spent with the instructor to review and discuss drafts of written documents and scripts, as well as the supporting materials for oral presentations. Early in the process, the student selects a dissertation advisor and also works with that advisor on draft materials. The advisor is invited to attend class presentations. Once a draft proposal takes shape, other members of the dissertation committee are sought. The advisor and committee work with the candidate on the conduct of the research after successful defense of the proposal. Seminar grading is on a pass/fail basis: the measure of success is successful defense of the dissertation proposal and admission to candidacy.