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Dissertation Chair Status for Graduate Faculty


To describe the organization, privileges and responsibilities of Graduate Faculty appointments with dissertation chair status.

Applies to: 

Graduate Faculty

Policy Statement: 

To qualify for the privilege of chairing doctoral dissertation committees, a regular member of the Graduate Faculty must demonstrate continuing activity commensurate with being an established scholar in the faculty member's field and involvement in the graduate education program as evidenced by:

  1. teaching graduate courses;
  2. advising and mentoring graduate students and serving on thesis and dissertation committees; and
  3. maintaining an ongoing program of scholarly activity, which includes a record of scholarship, publication and other contributions to the field.

It is the graduate program’s responsibility to nominate members of the Graduate Faculty for authorization to chair doctoral committees and to provide evidence of scholarship and involvement in the graduate education program.

Authorization to chair dissertation committees is reviewed as part of each graduate program review.

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

Graduate Studies will manage any exceptions to the policy outlined above. Requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies detailing the exception requested and the extraordinary circumstances that have resulted in the request.


Graduate Studies

Approved by: 
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Approved on: 
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Effective on: 
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Graduate Faculty appointment, Dissertation status, Doctoral comprehensive oral exam, Doctoral final oral exam, Doctoral dissertation
Change History: 

07/05/2016: Updated to remove gendered pronouns.

11/24/2015: Added related policy links.

11/13/2014: Graduate Studies made minor revisions to improve the current policy and add missing information.

August 2014: Graduate Studies made minor revisions.

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