The following criteria must be met when establishing your committee:
All thesis committees require a minimum of two people, a chair from the student’s department/school and at least one other committee member. Dissertation committees require a minimum of 3 people, a chair from the student’s department/school and at least two other committee members. In all cases, the chair and majority of committee members should come from the student's department/school and have full graduate faculty status. Inquire with your department to learn your required number of members.
Your chair and a majority of the members of the committee must be full members of your department’s graduate faculty. You can identify graduate faculty members by searching for a name(s) on this list: Graduate Faculty Members or by contacting the Graduate School (309-438-2583).
Any ISU faculty committee member who leaves the university (unless for retirement) would then be considered an external committee member. Depending on the committee make up, another committee member may need to be added. Please check with the Graduate School for information in this situation.
A retired faculty member can stay on as committee member, or chair. They must wait 60 days from their retirement to resume University work, and may not attend proposals or defenses during that time. Based on the retirement plan, this restriction may not apply and we advise checking with HR.
Under the direction of the committee chair you will prepare the proposal, establish a meeting, and present the proposal to the entire committee. In your research proposal meeting you will lay out your intended line of research, identify its scope, explain your research protocol, and establish a timeline for your study. A few tips for the proposal process: