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    Utah State University
  Jan 18, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Year 
2017-2018 Academic Year

Graduate Degrees, Supervisory Committee Appointments

Graduate Degrees, Supervisory Committee Appointments

1. Members of supervisory committees must have a record of active scholarship or special expertise related to the student's program and hold the accepted final degree in their field, unless an exception is approved by the graduate dean based on other evidence of accomplishment. Acommittee member should hold a degree equivalent to or higher than the one the graduate student is seeking and have completed a dissertation or thesis requirement similar to that which the graduate student is completing.

2. Amember must have a faculty appointment at the assistant professor level or higher (including clinical, library, and research ranks), except as noted below.

3. Adjunct faculty members without a full-time USU appointment may serve on supervisory committees upon recommendation by the department and approval by the graduate dean, but a majority of the members of each supervisory committee must be core faculty members who have full-time USU appointments.

4. Clinical instructors and lecturers may serve on master's committees (usually for nonthesis degrees) upon recommendation of the department and approval by the graduate dean.

5. Upon recommendation of the department head, emeritus faculty may serve on supervisory committees, but may not chair new committees.

6. To serve as chairperson/major professor of a thesis or dissertation committee, the faculty member must have a record of current (last five years), active research and/or scholarship. A faculty member other than core faculty may serve as the chairperson/major professor only under exceptional conditions of research supervision approved by the graduate dean.

7. A faculty member should not be appointed to a supervisory committee if, for any reason, he or she will not be available for committee meetings. Ideally, all members should be present for the final defense, and the defense should be scheduled accordingly. Technology-assisted participation in the defense by a faculty member is acceptable, when an absence is unavoidable. The student and the student's major professor must be present for the defense. No more than one committee member for a master's defense and no more than two committee members for a doctoral defense may participate via technology.