Dissertation Committee

Your dissertation committee has two primary responsibilities. One is to ensure that your dissertation meets academic and scholarly standards as defined by Walden University and the academic field. The other is to mentor you throughout the dissertation process. Those who serve on your dissertation committee can provide valuable insight into how to structure and perform your dissertation research. Thus, it is important to consider carefully those whom you will ask to assist you.

To prepare for this Assignment, peruse the Faculty Expertise Directory. Directions for access to this database are listed in this week’s Learning Resources. Based on your projected research topic, select three or four individuals who might be appropriate to serve as your dissertation committee Chair or as committee members.

The Assignment (2–3 pages):

  • Provide a list of three to four faculty members whom you could ask to serve as your dissertation committee Chair or as potential committee members. List them according to your preference.
  • Explain why you selected each individual and the role (i.e., dissertation Chair or dissertation committee member) you think each could play on your committee.
  • Compose a draft e-mail that you would send to faculty who could serve as your dissertation committee Chair. The e-mail should include an introduction of yourself, a description of your topic, and a summary (4–5 sentences) of what you have found thus far in the literature.

    Note: This draft e-mail is first submitted for review to the Instructor and is not to be sent to prospective committee members at this time.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

 Required Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.


  • Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (Laureate Education, custom ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Chapter 4, “Writing Strategies and Ethical Consideration” (pp. 73–87)
  • Rudestam, K. E., & Newton, R. R. (2015). Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Chapter 9, “Overcoming Barriers: Becoming an Expert While Controlling Your Own Destiny” (pp. 241–249)
    • Chapter 10, “Writing” (pp. 259–279)
  • Female Science Professor [Pseudonym]. (2012). Read me (please). The Chronicle of Higher Education, 58(20), A28.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Learning APA style. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://www.apastyle.org/learn/
  • Walden University. (n.d.-i). Office of Student Research Administration: Ph.D. Dissertation Program. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from

    Note: At this website, locate and review the Dissertation Prospectus Guide.
  • Walden University. (n.d.-m). Scholarly writing: Overview. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/scholarly  
  • Walden University. (n.d.-o). Walden University catalog [2014–2015]. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://catalog.waldenu.edu/

    Using the drop-down menu on this webpage, select “University Guidebooks” to access the Dissertation Guidebook.

  • Faculty Expertise Directory

Public Health and Health Services Committee Availability List (Public Health and Health Services Students)Public Health and Health Services Students – Go to the Doc Sharing link on the left navigation bar to access the Public Health and Health Services Committee Availability List. If you find a particular faculty member who is approved and available to chair you can learn more about him/her by going to Faculty Expertise Directory (be aware not all faculty have a profile):

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