In order to assure that students are under careful advisement and mentoring throughout their careers, a Supervisory Committee is established before a doctoral student has accumulated 45 credit hours including any transfer hours but excluding research or language tools.
The Supervisory Committee is appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies based upon a recommendation of the departmental or program Graduate Committee in the student’s major prior to the approval of the program of study.
The Supervisory Committee consists of at least four resident Graduate Faculty members.
The Chair of a doctoral student’s committee serves as the advisor and mentor of the student. Once the student’s research focus has been determined, the Chair
All members of the committee serve as additional resources and mentors for the student. Along with others on the committee, they vote to allow the student into candidacy, request an extension and determine the outcome of the student’s dissertation defense. Members may serve as the reader or outside representative.
Two members of the supervisory committee may be designated as readers of the student’s dissertation. They, along with the Chair, read the draft(s) of the dissertation to determine if the student is ready to defend. They sign the Application for Final Oral if the student is approved to move forward with the defense. Courtesy members may serve as readers.
One member of the committee must be external to the student’s major program but within the University of Nebraska system. If the student is seeking a minor, the graduate faculty member representing the student’s minor may serve as the Outside Representative. He or she may serve as a reader on the student’s committee.
Faculty external to the University of Nebraska system may serve as a fifth committee member on the student’s committee. Courtesy members may serve as readers and have voting rights for the student’s committee. Only one courtesy member may serve per committee. Courtesy members may not serve as outside representatives.
Once the committee has been formed, an Appointment of Supervisory Committee form, signed by the Graduate Committee Chair, should be filed with the Office of Graduate Studies.