The student must provide a written copy of the proposal to the faculty committee no later than two weeks prior to the date of the proposal hearing.
Committee members could require an earlier deadline (e.g., four weeks before the hearing).
All three members must be on the Academic Council; if the student desires the expertise of a non-Academic Council member, it may be possible to petition.
After the hearing, a memorandum listing the changes to be made will be written and submitted with the signed proposal cover sheet and a copy of the proposal itself to the Doctoral Programs Officer.
This signed form should be submitted to the Doctoral Programs Officer.
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.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.At least one person serving on the proposal committee must be from the student’s area committee (CTE, DAPS, SHIPS).The reading committee then serves as the proposal committee.The proposal and reading committee forms and related instructions are on the GSE website, under current studentsforms.Review and approval of the dissertation proposal occurs normally during the third year.The proposal hearing seeks to review the quality and feasibility of the proposal.After submitting the Proposal Hearing material to the Doctoral Programs Officer, the student should make arrangements with three faculty members to serve on her or his Dissertation Reading Committee.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.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).