The purpose of this proseminar is to (a) guide doctoral students in the development and preparation of their research proposals, (b) to provide them with organizational skills of how to plan, execute and strategically publish original research and (c) to prepare them for their future positions in higher education and/or practice. Following an introduction into archival research, a series of GSD faculty will expose students to avariety of research methods including examples of the presenters\’ own research. The second part of the course will cover a series of skills required by successful academic leaders from teaching and publishing to grant writing. The course will end with a series of presentations during which the students will present and defend their emerging research proposals. Instructional Methodology:The course will involve weekly lectures and discussions as well as a series of assignments that will lead towards a twenty page thesis proposal.