Email Dissertation Committee Members E-Learning Thesis Statement
The selection of a major professor is limited to faculty who hold graduate faculty status with the University.
Updated lists of faculty with graduate faculty status are periodically posted on the College’s Current Student Web site.
Students in doctoral programs must demonstrate evidence of a high degree of scholarship, competence in scholarly exposition and ability to select, organize and apply knowledge through a dissertation.
“Guidelines for Preparing the Dissertation” as developed and enhanced by the Graduate Faculty of Jackson State University, provides examples of best practices concerning format standards that must be met before it receives final approval by the Division of Graduate Studies.
It is the student’s responsibility to submit materials to the department and college in time for the chair and dean to review them so they can reach the Division of Graduate Studies by the deadline.
The professor will serve as the principal advisor and mentor to students throughout their graduate experience and will play a vital role in the development and completion of the dissertation.Failure to meet this deadline will result in the degree not being awarded.It is the chairperson’s and committee members’ responsibility to know policies, rules, and regulations of both the Division of Graduate Studies and the major department relative to the dissertation process. It is the department chair/program director’s responsibility for knowing and enforcing policies, rules, and regulations of both the Division of Graduate Studies and department/program. At least four members of the committee must have graduate faculty status and receive University approval.Members who do not have graduate faculty status may serve on the committee in addition to at least four other members who have graduate faculty status.
Although a faculty member from another university can be on a doctoral committee, he/she may not serve as thesis director or as representative-at-large.