Transitioning from Advisor to Dissertation Chair

Upon admission to candidacy, the faculty guidance of the candidate will transition from the Program Director/Advisor to working directly with a Dissertation Chair (and subsequently, a committee). The Dissertation Committee Chair must be a Learning and Leadership faculty member and fully approved member of the UTC Graduate Faculty.

Preparing for a Successful Dissertation Experience

For doctoral candidates, the Dissertation is the most intellectually and emotionally challenging part of doctoral study. Candidates are no longer basing their study on other scholars; rather, they are asked to make an original contribution to a body of knowledge. The Dissertation research and defense are the culminating, integrative, scholarly experience of doctoral study. Dissertation research serves several purposes:

  • making an original contribution to knowledge in the candidate’s field of specialization

  • demonstrating a solid command of research skills

  • exhibiting an advanced ability to communicate findings so that other researchers in the field can understand and use them

Enrollment in LEAD 7999 Dissertation

Doctoral participants in the Learning and Leadership program are required to be continuously enrolled in a minimum of 2 graduate credits every semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) in order to remain active in the program. Failure to meet continuous enrollment standards will result in program dismissal. Enrollment in Dissertation credit is limited to a maximum of 6 graduate credits per semester.

Memorandum of Understanding: Dissertation

During the first semester of LEAD 7999 Dissertation enrollment, each candidate will receive and file a Dissertation Memorandum of Understanding: Dissertation (link: Memorandum of Understanding: Dissertation). This document outlines some of the specific responsibilities, policies, and procedures of the Dissertation process in the Learning and Leadership program. Every candidate must certify that s/he understands the responsibility for knowing and adhering to policies and procedures of the Dissertation process. Any questions may be directed to the Program Director.