Current Students

Establishing Your Dissertation Committee

Once you have chosen your committee and obtained each member's verbal agreement to serve, write a letter requesting formal appointment of your dissertation committee to Lisa Lynch, PhD Program Director.  Please send the letter via email attachment to and copy Nancy Leonard, the PhD Program Manager, at Your letter should state: 1) your thesis topic; 2) what style dissertation you will be writing, monograph style or three publishable papers on related topics; 3) a brief general statement of the theoretical framework, type and expected source of data, and methods of analysis; 4) the names of members and the chair; and 5) a short description of how each member's theoretical, substantive, and/or methodological expertise is relevant to your topic (see Appendix 2 of the Dissertation Standards and Procedures). You should provide a vita on the outside person. Committee approval will be filed in your student record.