School Psychology Faculty Dissertation Load
The school psychology faculty developed a dissertation load limit policy with the goal of helping students complete the dissertation in a timely manner. Limiting the number of committees any faculty member can chair helps ensure that each student receives the appropriate amount of support during the dissertation process and facilitates completion of the dissertation in a timely manner. In addition, this policy will ensure an equitable distribution of dissertation advisement among faculty. The following criteria will be followed by faculty:
1) For each incoming class, each faculty member may accept up to 2 students per year to serve as their dissertation chair.2) Each faculty member may chair up to 10 total committees at any given time. If a faculty member exceeds the limit they may no longer accept any new students.3) For this policy, co-chairing counts as chairing a committee. 4) This limit includes faculty members in educational psychology as it applies to school psychology students. That is, an educational psychology faculty member could agree to chair the dissertation committee of up to 2 school psychology students per year, chairing up to a total of 10 school psychology dissertation committees at any one time. 5) This policy is to go into effect for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Prior to approaching a faculty member and selecting a committee chair, it is recommended that students visit with the departmental secretary who keeps track of the number of committees each faculty member chairs.
The department offers several doctoral cognates (a formally recognized concentration of study, which includes specific courses and/or practica) including neuropsychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, assessment, and research methodology. Other frequent cognates are those in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, social psychology, sociology, and special education (Applied Behavior Analysis and/or autism). Flexibility is allowed in the development of skills and knowledge within the candidate’s interest area(s). Students will select either two cognate fields consisting of a minimum of 15 hours each or a single cognate field consisting of a minimum of 24 hours. For the 15-hour cognate, 9 hours must be taken at Ball State; 12 hours of the 24-hour cognate must be taken at Ball State. The majority of students complete the single 24-hour cognate. A faculty member from that concentration area must supervise the choice of courses in the cognate and sit as a member of the student’s doctoral dissertation committee.
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