Answered By: Jason Steidl
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2016     Views: 1582

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.
  • Look through the Faculty Expertise Directory for information on faculty with specific research or methodology backgrounds.
  • If you are able to locate the initial member of your committee but are struggling on the second, ask the initial member if she or he has any recommendations for a second member.

Need more information? Contact your Academic Advisor.

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