Soon after beginning your graduate program, you will need to identify a faculty member who will serve as your academic advisor. The advisor should be a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the Geography Department with a research record and interest appropriate to your proposed research area of specialization. The advisor assists you in developing the program of course work, oversees the dissertation, maintains your student file, and keeps the department chair and departmental director of graduate studies informed of your progress.
Once you have identified an advisor and a working research topic, you and your advisor should begin to assemble the rest of your faculty committee. The PhD candidate's dissertation committee is comprised of at least four members: an advisor and three other committee members. All members of the committee must be full-time appointed faculty at DU and have research records appropriate to the student's area of specialization. One exception can be made in that an adjunct faculty member, post-doctoral appointee, professor from another institution, or another qualified person--including someone without a doctorate but with other appropriate qualifications--can serve as a special committee member. This exception must be supported by a strong rationale, have the support of the student's unit, and be approved by the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies. If an exception is requested, a statement of rationale and the proposed special member's CV must accompany the committee proposal form.
The committee approves the student's program of study no later than the beginning of the third quarter of the student's program.
Students should refer to the Graduate Policy Manual for more detailed information.