GUIDELINES FOR DISSERTATION COMMITTEE SERVICE
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: It is recommended that the membership of the dissertation committee be submitted to the
Graduate School for approval at least 6 months prior to the student's oral defense
The Graduate Faculty
For dissertation committee purposes, "The Graduate Faculty" consists of persons who are tenure or tenure-track instructional
faculty holding an "unmodified" (i.e., not visiting, adjunct, etc.) appointment at the University of Michigan as Professor, Associate
Professor, or Assistant Professor with an earned Doctorate from an accredited institution.
Composition of the Dissertation Committee
Dissertation committees must have at least four members, three of whom are members of the Graduate Faculty (see definition above),
and two of whom are from the doctoral candidate's home program. Furthermore, each committee
· Must have a sole chair or two co-chairs;
· Must have a cognate member who is familiar with the standards for doctoral research and holds at least a .50 appointment in
a Rackham doctoral program, other than the student's home department/program (except IDP programs.)
· May include a University faculty member who is not Graduate Faculty (see definition above), a University staff member, or a
qualified individual outside the University to provide expertise in the candidate's discipline.