Monthly Archives: October 2011

Thesis checklist

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:

Abstract (required)

Blank page (required)

Title page (required)

Copyright page (required)

Signature page (required)

Dedication (optional)


Table of Contents (required)

List of Tables/Figures (as appropriate)

List of Symbols/Abbreviations (as appropriate)

Preface (optional)

Text (body of thesis or dissertation)

References (required)

Appendix A (IRB or IACUC Approval letters required if human subjects or animals used)

Additional Appendices (as appropriate)

Blank page


  1. 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.

Students may direct individual questions concerning formatting and the submission process to Amy Tripp at 252.328.5792 or or Dr. Belinda Patterson, Associate Dean,

Faculty with questions regarding graduate status should direct questions to Dr. Tom McConnell, Associate Dean,

Reminder about Gates Visit

UniversityLecture Celebrates 50 Years of Diversity

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 25, 2011) — East Carolina University soon will welcome to campus Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, who will deliver a free, public lecture.

During the University Lecture Celebrating 50 Years of Diversity at ECU, Gates will discuss “African-American Lives: Genetics, Genealogy, and Black History,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 10, in ECU’s Wright Auditorium. The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Science Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series; Office of Equity, Diversity, and Community Relations; Office of Student Affairs; Student Activities Board-Initiatives; Division of Research and Graduate Studies; and J.Y. Joyner Library.

Gates earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from Clare College at the University of Cambridge, and his B.A., summa cum laude, in history from Yale University. Before joining the faculty of Harvard in 1991, Gates taught at Yale, Cornell and Duke, and he has received 44 honorary degrees from institutions in the United States and abroad.

Among his litany of honors and awards, Gates has received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and the George Polk Award for Social Commentary. He has been listed as one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Americans,” has received a National Humanities Medal, and has received the Jay B. Hubbell Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association. In 2006, Gates was inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution after he traced his lineage back to John Redman, a free Negro who fought in the Revolutionary War.

He is the author of several works of literary criticism, including “Figures in Black: Words, Signs and the ‘Racial’ Self” and “The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism,” winner of the 1989 American Book Award. In 1983, Gates facilitated the publication of “Our Nig,” or “Sketches from the Life of a Free Black” by Harriet Wilson, the first novel published by an African American woman. In 2002, he published “The Bondwoman’s Narrative” by Hannah Crafts, dating from the early 1850s and now considered one of the first novels written by an African American woman. Gates is also the co-author, with Cornel West, of “The Future of the Race,” and the author of a memoir, “Colored People,” that traces his childhood experiences in a small West Virginia town in the 1950s and ‘60s.

One complimentary ticket for Gates’ University Lecture is available to ECU students, faculty and staff members with a valid ECU ID. Tickets are $10 for the general public. For tickets, call the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.