Monday, August 5, 2013: Final day to defend dissertation/thesis
Monday, August 12, 2013: Final day to submit dissertation/graduate thesis
Friday, December 6, 2013: Final day to defend dissertation/thesis
Friday, December 21, 2013: Final day to submit dissertation/graduate thesis
Friday, March 21, 2014: Final date to defend dissertation/thesis
Friday, April 11, 2014: Final date to submit dissertation/graduate thesis
QUALIFYING PAPER GUIDELINES: (click here)
FIRST TIME SUBMISSIONS:
For Fall 2013, the date for a first-time submission of a Qualifying Paper will be Friday, September 20, 2013 by 4:30 p.m.
For Spring 2014, the date for a first-time submission of a Qualifying Paper will be Friday, February 7, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. to the Ph.D. Program Office located in the Liberal Arts Center (LAC) #218.
All students submitting papers for the first time are required to consult with Dr. Deborah Hokien, Director, via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 570.348.6279 regarding their question and the paper requirements at least one (1) month in advance prior to submitting their Qualifying Paper Form electronically to Maureen Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students must submit their Qualifying Paper Form two (2) weeks in advance prior to the posted deadlines for submitting the Qualifying Paper.
Four (4) hard copies of the qualifying paper will be submitted to Maureen Hart, Ph.D. program secretary, before or on the deadline dates. Three of these copies must be WITHOUT YOUR NAME. In addition, email an electronic copy with your name on it to Maureen Hart at email@example.com.
Papers are reviewed, blind, by three faculty and rated using the Qualifying Paper Review Form (see below). An overall rating of 3.0 is necessary to pass; papers receiving average ratings of 4.0 or higher are considered Outstanding.
In order to provide adequate time for revisions and mentoring, a student who receives an unsatisfactory overall rating of 2.99 or below on their Qualifying Paper will now be required to re-submit their qualifying paper in the following semester (excluding the summer). Additionally, students will no longer be allowed to prolong their resubmission(s) beyond a semester, and must re-submit their revised Qualifying Paper each subsequent semester. Students will be given three attempts, and thus three consecutive fall/spring semesters, to pass their qualifying paper.
Students with unsatisfactory Qualifying Papers from the Spring 2013 qualifying experience may re-submit their papers on Friday, September 6, 2013, by 4:30 p.m.
Students with unsatisfactory Qualifying Papers from the Fall 2013 qualifying experience may re-submit their papers on Friday, March 21, 2014, by 4:30 p.m.
Four (4) hard copies of the revised Qualifying Paper are required: 1 with the student's name, 3 copies without the student's name, plus the electronic copy (with name) sent to Maureen Hart, program secretary.
NOTE: The paper title and abstract paragraph for Qualifying Paper re-submissions are not necessary, since the same three Faculty readers assigned to the first submission, will re-review the revised Qualifying Paper. Additionally, if an unsatisfactory rating is received, then a student will be required to consult with Dr. Hokien, Program Director, and the department Track Coordinator to discuss the issues with the Qualifying Paper.
Questions about these changes to the Qualifying Experience process should be directed to Dr. Hokien by calling 570.348.6279 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who pass their paper review then are scheduled for their oral presentation. The same three faculty reviewers serve as the oral presentation review committee and rate the presentation using the Qualifying Presentation Review Form (see below). The oral presentation given in a PowerPoint format should be no longer than 30-minutes in length. A 15-20 minute question and answer period will follow. Similar to the written paper, an average overall rating from the faculty reviewers of 3.0 is necessary to pass; presentations receiving an average rating of 4.0 or higher are considered Outstanding. Students who are unsuccessful in the oral presentation must meet with the Program Director.
NOTE: "Students may use TurnItIn.com as a tool to check for plagiarism in their qualifying paper before submitting the final copy to the Ph.D. Office. To use this tool, simply go to the web page: www.turnitin.com and enroll in Dr. Deborah Hokien's class entitled "QUALIFYING PAPER CHECK." The class ID# is 6631007 and the enrollment password is doctoral (all lowercase letters)."
Here is a sample of an Outstanding Paper, provided with permission from the student.
The following forms are pdf files which you may either download and print or fill in electronically.
Dissertation Title Page Template (Word file)