Initial Academic Program Mentor
In the first year, the student will be assigned an Academic Program Mentor. This mentor will assist in early-stage advising, mainly in areas such as career direction, selection of electives, and thinking towards a dissertation topic. By the time the student completes the comprehensive exam a Dissertation Chair/Advisor will need to be selected; the Program Mentor may be selected as the Dissertation Chair/Advisor if the student and Mentor agree.
Dissertation Advisor and Dissertation Committee
When ready, the student identifies a Dissertation Advisor, and together, they identify members of the Dissertation Committee. The Dissertation Committee must be composed of four approved doctoral graduate faculty members. The doctoral student must select a minimum of four committee members. Two of the members (including the chair) must be from CLAS Department. No more than one of the four required members should be from outside of Texas State University. Others may be added beyond the minimum. The chair of the dissertation committee must be from the program. All committee members must hold at least Associate Doctoral Faculty status, and Chairs must hold Core Doctoral Faculty status. To form the Dissertation Committee, the Doctoral Dissertation Committee Request form must be completed and signed by the student, committee members, Committee Chair, Doctoral program director, and the department Chair and then forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate College for approval and signature. The required Doctoral Dissertation Committee Request form may be obtained from the Graduate College website.
Changing the Dissertation Advisor / Committee Member
Occasionally, students may need to change Dissertation Advisors and/or Committee Member. A change in the Dissertation Advisor/Member may be the result of one of the following circumstances:
(1) Death, retirement, incapacity, or resignation from the University of the Dissertation Advisor;
(2) Loss of status as Ph.D. Faculty member on the part of the Dissertation Advisor;
(3) A student's or Advisor's decision that the student's academic and professional interests would be better served with a different Dissertation Advisor/Member.