The message below was to thesis directors, but I thought it would be helpful for students completing theses:
Dear faculty directing theses or dissertations:
It will soon be that time of year when the rush is on for many students to finish their theses and dissertations before the end of the fall term. Please take a couple of minutes to review the following REQUIRED ELEMENTS and THESIS or DISSERTATION COMMITTEE REQUIREMENTS. Ensuring completeness in these areas will help speed review and minimize revisions required by the Graduate School.
ECU’s instructions and guidelines for preparation and submission of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) may be found at:
1. Required elements in order of placement:
Blank page (required)
Title page (required)
Copyright page (required)
Signature page (required)
Table of Contents (required)
List of Tables/Figures (as appropriate)
List of Symbols/Abbreviations (as appropriate)
Text (body of thesis or dissertation)
Appendix A (IRB or IACUC Approval letters required if human subjects or animals used)
Additional Appendices (as appropriate)
- 2. Thesis or Dissertation Committee Requirements
Faculty chairing or serving on thesis or dissertation committees must have appropriate graduate faculty status as defined in Appendix F of the Faculty Manual. In general, all members of a thesis or dissertation committee must have either associate graduate faculty status or full graduate faculty status except for the additional conditions outlined below:
- Graduate teaching faculty may serve as a fourth member of a committee as provided in Appendix F. The GSAB interprets this to mean that at least three members must have associate or full graduate faculty status.
- Persons external to the university serving as one of the three or four primary members of a committee must have adjunct graduate faculty status at the associate level or full level. Appendix F allows adjunct graduate faculty to have the same privileges as corresponding regular graduate faculty (associate and full), and thus may serve as qualified members of a thesis or dissertation committee.
- Ad-hoc committee members external to the university may serve without additional qualifications as long as at least four members of the committee have the appropriate graduate status as described above.
Faculty with questions regarding graduate status should direct questions to Dr. Tom McConnell, Associate Dean, email@example.com.