For Dissertation Students

Expectations for Dissertation-Related Research

Please read the following sets of expectations and norms for dissertation research prior to asking me to serve on your dissertation committee. NOTE: I typically do not provide out-of-class consulting on analysis for dissertations unless I am a member of the dissertation committee.

If you are asking me to serve as a member of your dissertation committee:

All committees:

  • You must have already spoken with your dissertation chair about committee membership, and your chair should have already approved of you asking me to serve on your committee.
  • You will be asked to meet with me to discuss your dissertation project prior to any commitment on my part.
  • I can typically return feedback on dissertation research products in 2-3 weeks.
  • I also expect 2-3 weeks lead time to read and comment on products in advance of any attempt to schedule a general oral exam, proposal meeting, or dissertation defense.

As a content expert:

  • If there is applicable coursework in the content area, you should have taken that coursework, with me as the instructor when possible (e.g., teaching & learning focused-inquiries should have taken Certificate in College/University Teaching courses with me).
  • Areas in which I am comfortable serving as a content expert for a dissertation are as follows: Women in Higher Education, STEM in Higher Education, Critical Pedagogy, Curriculum Design, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)
  • If you submit your dissertation research for publication, it is expected that you offer me co-authorship on any resulting manuscripts on which I have invested substantial labor.
  • I will primarily comment on Chapters 1, 2, and 5 (or their equivalent) of your dissertation.

If you are asking me to chair your dissertation:

As a Higher Education Ph.D. Student:

  • You should have extensive research experience with me through a combination of coursework, out-of-class research experiences, and/or research assistantships.
  • Your dissertation should be on a topic for which I am a content area expert (see above for a list of content areas in which I am comfortable serving).
  • You should be comfortable with a one- to two-year timeline for completing the dissertation, and be planning to publish your work. It is expected that you offer me co-authorship on any resulting manuscripts.
  • If I chair your dissertation committee and you later decide not to pursue publication of your dissertation study, I may proceed with preparing a manuscript based on the study, on which you would be invited to serve as an author or co-author.
  • You will be expected to form a dissertation agreement which sets out the specific dissertation expectations and establishes a tentative timeline for completion.
  • If I was not your advisor when you entered the program, your advisor must agree to a change in committee structure before you approach me about the dissertation committee.
  • You must consult with me prior to approaching faculty members to serve as committee members.
  • I can typically provide feedback on dissertation-related products within 2-3 weeks.
  • I will provide extensive feedback on all portions of your dissertation, and you will address all feedback.
  • I expect regular communication. At a minimum, I should hear from you once per month.
  • I must receive a complete draft of your dissertation on the first day of the semester that you wish to graduate.

As a student outside the Higher Education Ph.D. program:

  • I am not normally able to chair committees outside the Higher Education Ph.D. program.
  • If you have a dissertation chair or advisor who has advised you to ask me to chair/co-chair the committee, that may be possible. All of the criteria listed above would apply, pending an agreement between you, your within-program chair/advisor, and myself.