Stage 5: Establishing a Dissertation Committee
Creating a formal dissertation team moves the dissertation project ahead, and will help you develop areas of interest and expertise. To begin the formation of a dissertation committee:
- review department specific guidelines regarding dissertation committee make up
- seek out a dissertation advisor who can be a compatible ally and an on-task advisor
- initiate dialogue with individuals who might serve on the committee
Overall, dissertation committee members will:
- represent a range of expertise related to a writer's interests and methodological choices
- advise a student throughout the process
- comment on written materials from proposal stage through conclusion of dissertation work
Keep in mind this caveat from a number of resources: shaping your committee need not be driven only by the idea of amassing content experts; rather, consider shaping a committee that includes faculty who will support you in a variety of different ways
Step 1: Negotiate what you want/need/expect from your advisor
Step 2: Work with your dissertation committee chair to set up your committee
Step 3: Plan an on-going feedback gathering process
Step 4: Take seriously your role as a proactive dissertation advisee.
Based on the original Dissertation Calculator from the University of Minnesota Libraries.