1.22 An individual who possesses requisite expertise, but who is not a member of the Graduate Faculty Group in the student's program, may serve as a third reader on a thesis or dissertation committee with the approval of the department chair.
This may include part-time and adjunct faculty, retired program faculty, faculty from other programs or universities, and community professionals.
It is recommended that these procedures be published and be made available to incoming graduate students and new faculty members.
1.24 The committee chair shall be a faculty member of the graduate faculty from the student's program.
2.14 The committee shall determine the adequacy of the bibliography.
2.15 The committee shall review and approve the methodology and any instrument or questionnaire used in data collection.This needs to be done as early in the process as possible, preferably at the time the proposal is accepted.2.13 The committee shall determine whether the student's research is subject to the university policy on research on human or animal subjects and advise the student accordingly.In such cases, a curriculum vita of the individual concerned must accompany the submitted Master's Thesis (299) Committee Assignment form.1.23 Each graduate program committee may establish additional procedures for the appointment of thesis committee members.The first time an individual is being considered as a chair of a doctoral dissertation committee, supporting documentation must accompany the recommendation through all levels of review (per APM 227-2, III. 1.27 The department chair should ensure that work of the thesis or dissertation committee chair is calculated as part of the faculty's required regular workload.Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly Special Major): As representatives of the departments related to the student's fields of interest, the interdisciplinary studies student's program committee, approved by the graduate dean, will also serve as the thesis committee for the student.1.11 Each master's thesis and doctoral dissertation committee shall be composed of a minimum of three members. Under extenuating circumstances (e.g., member's death or sudden leave), to be noted by the graduate program coordinator in a letter to the graduate dean, an individual student in the final stages of the thesis/dissertation may request to have fewer than three members on the committee.1.13 A fourth and/or fifth member may be added to the committee when deemed appropriate/necessary to provide required expertise.2.11 The initial responsibility of the committee is to meet and determine the feasibility of the topic and the thesis/dissertation plan or proposal, and to permit the student to proceed only after such determination has been made.The committee shall sign off on the student's plan or proposal and a copy should be kept in the student's file in the department.