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Rackham Graduate School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. We will return at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27. During the holiday, there will be no processing of application materials and no updates to your Wolverine Access account. After we reopen, there will be a delay in processing application materials. Thank you for your patience as we process the high volume of materials.

Quick Reference Chart for Membership on Dissertation Committees

For more information, please see the Guidelines For Dissertation Committee Formation.

Download a PDF version of this chart.

Quick Reference Chart for Membership on Dissertation Committees
Role Sole Chair Co-chair Cognate* Member
Full, Associate, or Assistant Professor with earned Doctorate and Rackham affiliation* Yes Yes Yes Yes
Research Professors or Research Associate Professors with earned Doctorate and Rackham affiliation* With Special Membership & Supporting Information Yes No Yes
Full, Associate, or Assistant Professor without earned Doctorate but with Rackham affiliation** With Special Membership & Supporting Information With Special Membership & Supporting Information With Special Membership & Supporting Information With Special Membership & Supporting Information
Clinical Professor with earned Doctorate No With Regular Member No Yes
Instructor or Lecturer with earned Doctorate*** No With Regular Member No Yes
Adjunct Professor with earned Doctorate No With Special Membership & Supporting Information No With Special Membership & Supporting Information
Research Scientists, Associate Research Scientists, Assistant Research Scientists, Research Assistant Professors or Research Investigators, all with earned Doctorate No With Special Membership & Supporting Information No With Special Membership & Supporting Information
Retired/Emeritus Professor With Special Membership & Supporting Information Yes With Special Membership & Supporting Information Yes
Non-University of Michigan with or without earned Doctorate No With Special Membership & Supporting Information No With Special Membership & Supporting Information
University of Michigan Non-Regular Faculty with or without earned Doctorate No With Special Membership & Supporting Information No With Special Membership & Supporting Information
Committee Member no longer employed at University of Michigan No With Regular Member No Yes

In cases where the Chair is not employed by the University of Michigan, it is necessary to have a Co-Chair that is at University of Michigan.

* Professors with less than a 50% appointment must have special approval from the Director of OARD or designee to serve as cognate.

** Must be approved on a case by case basis by the Director of OARD or designee.

*** No Rackham affiliation required.

  • A committee must have a minimum of four members.
  • Of the four, three members must be from a Rackham Doctoral Program.
  • Of the four, two members must be from the student's home department or program.
  • Of the four, one member must have a 50% appointment in a Rackham doctoral program, other than the student's home department/program (except IDP programs).
  • Three members must have an appointment as professor, associate professor, or assistant professor with an earned Doctorate.

University faculty who were approved to serve as sole Chair or Cognate member but who are no longer affiliated with the University may not continue to serve as the sole Chair or Cognate member. The faculty member may serve as a Co-Chair or as a regular member based upon the eligibility guidelines for dissertation committee service.