The role of dissertation committee members is to provide feedback on the dissertation within a reasonable time period.
Generally, this means that dissertation committee members read chapters, provide written or oral responses and participate in the dissertation defense.
Students are expected to discuss the composition of the dissertation committee with the dissertation chair or the Director of Graduate Studies.
Students typically choose as the dissertation chair a faculty member with whom they have worked on the development of their dissertation topic.
The timing of the defense will be set by the student in consultation with the dissertation committee.
Students should contact their departments to schedule the dissertation defense.
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The time and place of the defense shall be announced on the department’s calendar of events.
The chair of the student's dissertation committee and at least one other committee member must be present in person.