Normally, the proposal hearing precedes the designation of a Dissertation Reading Committee, and faculty on either committee may differ (except for the primary dissertation advisor).However, some students may advance to Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR) status before completing their dissertation proposal hearing if they have established a dissertation reading committee.If the student is required to make revisions, an addendum is required with the written approval of each member of the committee stating that the proposal has been revised to their satisfaction.
The Doctoral Dissertation Reading Committee form should be completed and given to the Doctoral Programs Officer to enter in the University student records system.
Note: The proposal hearing committee and the reading committee do not have to be the same three faculty members.
After submitting the signed dissertation proposal cover sheet to the Doctoral Programs Officer indicating approval (see above), students can submit a HELP SU ticket online at helpsu.to request the credit.
When submitting the help ticket, the following should be selected from the drop-down menus for HELP SU: : (whatever system is used by the student, e.g., Windows XP.) The help ticket will be routed to the GSE's IT Group for processing; they will in turn notify the student via email when the credit is available.
In these cases, it is acceptable for the student to form a reading committee prior to the dissertation proposal hearing.
The reading committee then serves as the proposal committee.There is no requirement that a program advisor serve, although very often he or she does.Members of the dissertation proposal committee may be drawn from other area committees within the GSE, from other departments in the University, or from emeriti faculty.A dissertation proposal committee is comprised of three academic council faculty members, one of whom will serve as the major dissertation advisor.Whether or not the student’s general program advisor serves on the dissertation proposal committee and later the reading committee will depend on the relevance of that faculty member’s expertise to the topic of the dissertation, and his/her availability.Students are urged to begin thinking about a dissertation topic early in their degree program.Concentrated work on a dissertation proposal normally begins after successful completion of the Second-Year Review, which often includes a “mini” proposal, an extended literature review, or a theoretical essay, plus advancement to doctoral candidacy.There is no commitment on the part of the student’s advisor to automatically serve as the dissertation chair.Based on the student’s interests and the dissertation topic, many students approach other GSE professors to serve as the dissertation advisor, if appropriate.The student and the dissertation advisor are responsible for scheduling a formal meeting or hearing to review the proposal; the student and proposal committee convene for this evaluative period.Normally, all must be present at the meeting either in person or via conference phone call.