Answered By: Abigail Caraccio
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2018     Views: 3061

In most PhD programs, students initiate the nomination process. You’ll need to contact potential committee members about their availability to serve. Sometimes faculty are not able to accept new nominations because they have reached their maximum number of committee memberships.

When it comes to finding the potential committee members, Academic Advising has a few recommendations for students:

  • Make a list of the faculty with whom you had a good relationship in class. Was there someone whose feedback style you appreciated?
  • Consider faculty you meet at residencies. Was there an instructor with whom you shared a research interest?
  • Check with your Academic Advisor to see if there is a faculty interest list maintained by your college/school. Some programs, like Psychology, maintain a list like this for students.
  • Review the Faculty and Administration lists in the Student Catalog for information about the faculty for each school and college.
  • Please contact your program director for further assistance in identifying and locating faculty for your committee members.

Need more information? Contact your Academic Advisor.

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