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Nomination for Special Membership on the Dissertation Committee

University faculty and staff who are not "Graduate Faculty" (as defined in the Guidelines for Dissertation Committee Service) and qualified people from outside the University of Michigan who may or may not hold academic appointments and whose service on the Dissertation Committee would contribute significantly may be nominated for special membership by submitting:

  • Dissertation Committee form
  • A memo detailing the nominee’s expertise in the dissertation topic
  • A Vita or resume
  • For a retired Professor, a memo confirming he/she has:
    1. Experience in serving on, and chairing dissertation committees (decision-making experience as chair is required)
    2. Service as a teacher of formal courses or seminars
    3. Served as a counselor or advisor for doctoral students

* Previous experience as a cognate is not required for nomination as cognate (cognate criteria must be met).