In the past, Spencer administered an Exemplary Dissertation Award (EDA) Program. Two members of the EDA selection committee wrote essays describing the qualities that made certain dissertations exemplary. These essays provide useful reflections on the qualities we value in doctoral dissertations.
2007 Exemplary Dissertation Award Essay by Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
2008 Exemplary Dissertation Award Essay by Elizabeth Birr Moje, University of Michigan.