The makeup of the Thesis defense committee must be approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. It is the responsibility of the department to submit to the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies for approval a suggested examining committee for each degree candidate, along with information regarding the date, time, and place of the examination.
The chair of the examining committee must be a regular member of the Dartmouth faculty in the student's department/program. A student's thesis committee should be assembled to avoid potential or perceived conflicts of interest between faculty members and between faculty members and the graduate student. Such conflicts would include personal or financial relationships. The Dean of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies should be consulted in instances where a potential conflict may exist.
The PhD examination committee consists of a minimum of three full-time Dartmouth faculty members of which a minimum of two must be from the student's graduate program (including the dissertation advisor) as well as an external member with a faculty equivalent research appointment outside of Dartmouth. The external member may participate in meetings in person or via video conference.
The AM, MS or MALS examination committee generally consists of three faculty members from the student's department/program of study (including the dissertation advisor). One of the three may be from outside the department/program, but this is not a requirement.
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