UPDATE: I completed all data collection and writing for my dissertation and have my defense scheduled for next month (January 2022). I also still received satisfactory progress and funding. Several months after the initial post, I think my advisor realized COVID wasn't going away any time soon, so I was allowed to propose my dissertation in Fall 2020 and collect all data remotely. I will be staying in my current city in a remote industry job.
I’m doing my Ph.D. research in cognitive development using in-person experiments with children, which has stopped indefinitely due to COVID-19. I passed my preliminary exam last month, so I only need to propose and defend my dissertation.
I want to propose this spring/summer and defend by fall 2021 so I can stay in this city and get an industry job, but my advisor keeps pushing me to take a 6th year so I can publish and be more competitive for academia, despite me telling her many times that I want to leave academia. Now that in-person studies have stopped, my advisor is basically forcing me to take a 6th year and wants to push my dissertation proposal to this fall (which would give me unsatisfactory progress, thus possibly eliminating my funding). I asked about proposing a partially online experiment so I could gather data this summer, but she refuses to let me do any online data collection for my dissertation. I really don’t want to take a 6th year of a low stipend when I could be financially stable with an industry job, and I don’t want to possibly spend next year unfunded.
Is there any way I can negotiate with her so I can finish this degree sooner rather than later?