The dissertation is the culmination of the Ph.D. program. As such, it must indicate a high degree of scholarly competence. The dissertation must report, in an accepted scholarly style, an original investigation of a significant topic in educational leadership and policy. The student, through broad reading, coursework, and consultation with faculty, identifies a dissertation topic and prepares a formal statement on a proposed dissertation problem.
Dissertation Committee The student should approach a faculty member to discuss possible service as the dissertation committee chair. The chair must be a full-time faculty member in the Department. In consultation with the chair, the student selects two additional members of the dissertation committee. At least one of the additional committee members must be a regular or adjunct faculty member of the Department. Exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the Department faculty and meet School of Education and University requirements. Inclusion of other university faculty or experts from institutions other than universities may be appropriate in some cases. A completed form, Appointment of Dissertation Committee, must be filed with the Department.
Dissertation Proposal and Proposal Hearing Under the guidance of the dissertation committee, the student develops a dissertation proposal. The proposal must define the problem and present a study design that includes careful attention to theoretical constructs, analytical frameworks, and appropriate research methods.
When the dissertation committee and student determine that the proposal is ready for review, the committee invites a faculty member to serve as a reader. The reader may not be a member of the student's dissertation committee.
The dissertation committee and reader review the dissertation proposal in a hearing during which the student responds to questions and comments of the reader and committee members. After the hearing, the dissertation committee deliberates. If the dissertation committee approves the proposal, a one-page abstract and a completed form, Approval of the Dissertation Proposal, must be filed with the EPL Department.
Research Involving Human Participants Federal, state, and university regulations require prior approval of all plans for research involving human participants. All research involving human participants (including class projects and dissertations) must be approved by the UAlbany Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to conducting the research. Further information and requirements are available from the UAlbany Office for Research.
Dissertation Defense After the dissertation committee determines that the dissertation is ready to be presented at a public hearing, the dissertation defense hearing is scheduled. Notice of the dissertation defense hearing is posted by the Department at least two weeks prior to the defense. Acceptance of the dissertation occurs by a unanimous (100%) vote of the dissertation committee in favor of approval.
After the dissertation committee determines that the dissertation is ready to be presented at a public hearing, the student schedules with the Department a dissertation defense hearing. Notice of the dissertation defense hearing is posted by the Department at least one week prior to the examination. Acceptance of the dissertation occurs by a unanimous (100%) vote of the dissertation committee in favor of approval.
Final copies of the dissertation must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies in accordance with requirements of that office. >>CLOSE