2019 Dissertation Writers’ Workshop
June 20-24

HTI looks forward to welcoming its 2019 Dissertation Scholars in Princeton, NJ.


Please note that since all meals are covered by HTI, there will be no reimbursement for meals during your stay, with the exception of Wednesday, June 19 depending on your arrival time.

Wednesday June 19

  • Arrival at Erdman Center: Meals on your own. Please follow the expense guidelines.
  • Check below for your scheduled individual meeting time with Executive Director, Joanne Rodriguez

Thursday June 20

  • 8:30AM-9:15AM Breakfast – Adams House Dining Room
  • 9:30AM Orientation with Joanne and Editors
  • 11:30AM-1:30PM Lunch – Mackay Campus Center – Meal ticket provided
  • 6PM Dinner – Adams House Dining Room

Friday June 21

  • 8:30AM-9:15AM Breakfast – Adams House Dining Room
  • 11:30AM-1:30PM Lunch – Mackay Campus Center – Meal ticket provided
  • 6PM Dinner – Adams House Dining Room

Saturday June 22

  • 8:30AM-9:15AM Breakfast – Adams House Dining Room
  • 12:00-1PM Lunch – Adams House Dining Room
  • 6PM Dinner – Adams House Dining Room

Sunday June 23

  • 8:30AM-9:15AM Breakfast – Adams House Dining Room
  • 12:00-1PM Lunch – Adams House Dining Room
  • 6PM Dinner – Mackay Campus Center

Monday June 24

General Information

Please bring one nice outfit for a group picture. We will give you more information as to time and place when you arrive. 

Transportation & Expenses

All lodging, meal and travel expenses pertaining to these events will be paid by HTI. If you incur a meal expense at the airport, please ask for an itemized receipt and submit it to HTI for reimbursement, as well as any cab fares or car mileage. As previously mentioned, we ask you to adhere to the Expense Guidelines in order to avoid misunderstandings, and to ensure timely reimbursements. Regarding cab fares, these will be reimbursed only in the event that your flight to Newark is delayed, and results in your arrival at Newark after 11:00 p.m.  All participants should make arrangements to take public transportation to and from this event.


Lodging for the Writers Workshop (6/19-6/23) will be at Alexander Hall located on the Princeton Theological Seminary Campus. Participants will check in at Erdman Center, 20 Library Place Princeton, NJ.  Erdman Center is located diagonally across the campus Princeton Seminary Library and next door to HTI’s office in Adams House. If you arrive after 10PM, use the security phone located in the Erdman Center vestibule.  The phone will automatically dial security and a guard will come to provide you with your room key.

Alexander Hall rooms are air-conditioned, carpeted, and come furnished with an XL twin bed, desk, chair, chest of drawers, mirror, and a bookcase. Alexander Hall features a lounge with sofas, tables and chairs, a TV, a kitchen, and laundry facilities. The building is equipped with an elevator. You will be provided with sheets, blanket and pillowcase. Please remember the bathrooms are dormitory style so bring a robe and slippers.

If your travel schedule or delays require that you have meals en route, we ask that you keep the itemized receipts and follow the Expense Guidelines to avoid misunderstandings when processing your reimbursement after the event.  Dinner will not be provided on June 19th.  Anyone on campus during the dinner meal will be allotted a $25 meal reimbursement.  Please make sure to keep your receipt and do not tip over 15%.  

Check out from Alexander Hall will be on Sunday, June 23rd at 10 am.  At this time all dissertation scholars will be upgraded to Erdman Center from June 23rd through June 27th.  You will leave your luggage in the secured holding room at Erdman until your room is ready by check in at 4:00 pm.

Appointments to Meet with Executive Director

All meetings will take place in Joanne Rodriguez’s Office in Adams House.

Wednesday June 19
Stephanie Thurston 12:30PM
Grace Vargas 3:00PM
Christina Llanes 3:45PM
Lydia Hernández Marcial 4:30PM
Friday June 21
Jennifer Fernandez 9:30AM
Juan Carlos Morales 10:15AM
Abelardo Rivas 11:00AM
Martin Rodriguez 11:45AM
Michael Sekuras 12:30PM
Hector Varela Rios 2:30PM
Sunday June 23
Raul Zegarra 1:00PM
Gerardo Corpeño 1:45PM
Aizaiah Yong 2:30PM
Saul Barcelo 3:15PM
Rodrigo Barbosa 4:00PM
Michael Orellana Mendez 4:45PM


Library & Gym

Princeton Theological Seminary Library

The PTS Library Schedule is as follows:

Monday – Thursday 8 am – 9 pm
Friday 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday – Closed

  • All Library books must be returned by Thursday morning, June 27
  • Food is permitted only in the Brick Café, Foyer (area between the Café and the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room)
  • Beverages in closed/sealed containers are permitted throughout the library with the exception of the Microform Equipment, Copy Center and Special Collections Reading Room.

Whiteley Gym

Whiteley Gym is located at the corner of Stockton and Hibben Streets. The gym has a court for basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, and table tennis, as well as a fitness center and racquetball court.  Please let someone at the front desk of Erdman know that you wish to use the gym.  They will provide you with a card.

Gym Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 8:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.

Fitness Center: Opens at 6:00 a.m