The Pre-Defense

The Pre-Defense meeting serves as a “dress rehearsal” for the Final Defense presentation and is the opportune time to address any final edits, questions, or concerns leading up to the Final Defense.  Prior to scheduling the Pre-Defense, the candidate will provide the complete manuscript and a draft of the PowerPoint presentation to the Chair. When the Chair is satisfied with the quality of the complete written manuscript (solid in terms of content, clean in terms of overall formatting standards/EndNote references, and free from any major issues/errors/omissions) and PowerPoint presentation, s/he will contact the candidate and Committee to schedule a final “Pre-Defense” meeting of the candidate and Committee. The Chair will request the Pre-Defense date and time with the Program Office (utclead@utc.edu) and must provide the Committee with the manuscript draft at least 14 days prior to the Pre-Defense.

The Chair will guide the candidate in preparing for the Pre-Defense. A PC-based computer, projector, and Internet access will be available at the Pre-Defense location. The candidate is responsible to being able to access an electronic copy of research and presentation materials for the defense (a backup plan is strongly recommended). The candidate will present a 25-35 minute oral defense of the study with an emphasis on the findings and the conclusions. The oral defense may not exceed 45 minutes.

  • If upon completion of the Pre-Defense the manuscript is not ready for approval, the Chair will notify the Program Office (utclead@utc.edu) to hold the Examination Results Form. The candidate will work with the Chair to complete the manuscript based upon the Committee’s feedback, and another defense meeting will be convened within a time frame agreed upon by the Dissertation Committee.
  • If there are revisions needed for the Pre-Defense manuscript, the Chair will notify the Program Office (utclead@utc.edu) to hold the Examination Results Form. Once the requested revisions have been made and approved, the Chair will request that the Program Office circulate the Examination Results Form for digital signatures from each Committee member and the Program Director/Advisor.
  • If the Pre-Defense manuscript is approved (with only minor revisions), the Chair will request that the Program Office circulate the Examination Results Form for digital signatures from each Committee members and the Program Director/Advisor. 

Once the Pre-Defense manuscript has been approved by the Committee and the Program Director/Advisor and the Examination Results Form has been signed by the Committee and the Program Director/Advisor, the Final Defense may be scheduled. The Pre-Defense manuscript and Examination Results Form must be fully approved at least 14 days prior to the Final Dissertation Defense.