Upcoming Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Announcements

One of the last steps to obtaining your doctoral degree is to defend your dissertation. Once you have finalized your dissertation, you must schedule and announce your defense.

Schedule Your Defense

First, arrange a mutually agreeable time with your committee. Set up the oral exam at least 30 days prior to when you wish to defend. Provide all members of your committee with a complete copy of your dissertation at least 30 days before the defense so they will have sufficient time to read and criticize your work.

Learn more about deadlines »


Announce Your Defense

Once the date of your defense has been established, you should complete the Ph.D. Defense Announcement Submission through OneStart. The announcement e-doc must reach the University Graduate School at least 30 days before the date of your defense. The University Graduate School begins counting the 30 days from the date your e-doc is received by our office. We recommend that you submit the e-doc at least 40 days before your defense date to allow time for the e-doc to route for approval through your academic department.

Submit your announcement through OneStart »

Once announced, the time and place cannot be changed without the approval of the dean of the University Graduate School.

Ordinarily, the defense is conducted here at Indiana University, but under extraordinary circumstances other arrangements can sometimes be made. Prior approval must be obtained from your committee and the University Graduate School.

After submitting your Ph.D. Defense Announcement Submission e-doc, track your document to ensure timely approval. Click on the “Student Reference” link in the “Ph.D. Defense Announcement" section and scroll to the section pertaining to tracking your e-doc.

Learn how to track your announcement »

At Your Defense

Have your committee sign the acceptance and abstract pages of your dissertation at the defense.

Learn more about formatting requirements »

Upcoming Announcments

This list of scheduled Ph.D. dissertation defenses is distributed so that faculty may attend or see the full announcement. If you are a faculty member and wish to see the full announcement, please call the University Graduate School Office at (812) 855-8853. If you wish to attend, please contact the committee chair in advance as a courtesy.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:00 am
Biochemistry
Gao, Xiaohui
Exploration of c-di-GMP signaling in B.subtilis
SI001
Chair: Prof. Charles Dann, (856-1704)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:30 am
Sociology
Irby-Shasanmi, Amy C.
THE WELL-BEING OF INTER-RACIAL AND INTER-ETHNIC COUPLES: DISCRIMINATION, FAMILY DISAPPROVAL AND RELATIONSHIP QUALITY AS EXPLANATORY MECHANISMS
Karl Schuessler Institute of Social Research, Room 201
Chair: Prof. Peggy Thoits, (856-2243)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
Spanish
González-Barrios, Luis
ACCION DIRECTA: VANGUARDIAS, ANARQUISMO Y EL PROBLEMA DE LA REPRESENTACION. ESPAÑA 1919-1937.
Ballantine Hall, Room 844
Chair: Prof. Alejandro Mejías-López, (856-1059)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 2:00 pm
Chinese
Bin, Dongchoel
Writing in Early China: Its Scribal Tradition and Innovation
Goodbody Hall, Room 228
Chair: Prof. Robert Eno, (855-1992)

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
Political Science
Blarel, Nicolas
Emerging Powers and Grand Strategy Formation: Understanding Continuity and Change in India’s Post-Cold War Foreign Policy
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Sumit Ganguly, (855-1363)

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:30 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Kay, Jonathan E.
Material Life Review: Folk Art and Aging in Indiana
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, 416 N. Indiana Ave
Chair: Prof. Jason Baird Jackson, (856-1868)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
DeSantis, Christopher J.
Manipulating the Architecture of Bimetallic Nanostructures and their Plasmonic Properties
Chemistry Building, Room 033
Chair: Prof. Sara Skrabalak, (855-1721)

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 am
Psychology
Green, Steven R.
Using Behavioral and Neuroscience Methods to Measure Elaboration during Problem Solving
Psychology, Room 137C
Chair: Prof. Sharlene D Newman , (856-1776)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014, 2:30 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Zhang, Lijun
Living With/in Heritage: Tulou (土楼) as Home, Heritage, and Destination
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, 416 N. Indiana Ave
Chair: Prof. Jason B. Jackson / Prof. Michael D. Foster, (856-1868 / 855-0395)

Friday, September 05, 2014, 8:30 am
Economics
Arguello, Adela M.
Essays on Structural Change and Economic Growth
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Gerhard Glomm, (855-7256)

Friday, September 05, 2014, 3:00 pm
Criminal Justice
Pruss, Heather
\"The role of juror and jury gender during capital deliberations: A guided qualitative analysis\"
Sycamore Hall, Room 312
Chair: Prof. Marla Sandys, (855-5892)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:00 am
Sociology
Backstrom, Laura B.
Constructing the Problem Child: Body Projects and Embodied Inequality in Anti-Obesity Discourse
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Timothy Hallett, (855-3841)

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Pasciak, Erick M.
Esters, Amides, and Electrons ... Oh My!
Chemistry, Room 033
Chair: Prof. Dennis Peters, (855-9671)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:00 pm
Biochemistry
Pan, Yi
In vitro and in vivo Studies of an Agobacterium tumefaciens transcriptional factor BlcR
Simon Hall, 001
Chair: Prof. Lingling Chen, (855-0491)

Monday, September 22, 2014, 3:00 pm
Physics
Fang, Kun
Transverse mode content analysis and a novel self-seeding scheme for high brightness FEL
Integrated Science & Accelerator Tech Hall, North Large Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Shyh-Yuan Lee, (855-2899)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 am
History, Philosophy, & Policy in Education
Ramos, Francisco J.
Appropriating Policy, Practicing Identity: College Student Experiences of Intercultural Education in Veracruz, Mexico
Wright School of Education, Room 2140
Chair: Prof. Bradley Levinson, (856-8359)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
School Psychology
Jochim, Michelle L.
The Relationship Between Emergent Literacy Skills and Family Routines in Young Children from Low Socioeconomic Status Families
School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Rebecca Martinez, (856-8324)

Monday, August 25, 2014, 1:00 pm
Language Education
Greene, Michelle C. S.
Curricular Agents: Adolescent Immigrants in a Third-Space-Imagined-Community
School of Education, Room 2277
Chair: Prof. James Damico, (856-8267)

Friday, September 05, 2014, 12:15 pm
Language Education
Davis, Tammi R.
Listening to the Voices of Experienced Teachers: How breaking the silence can inform teacher educators
Wright School of Education, Room ED2277
Chair: Prof. Mitzi Lewison, (345-2652)

Friday, September 05, 2014, 2:00 pm
History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education
Zhou, Zejun
Becoming Elite World Citizens of High Caliber-Chinese Upper Middle Class Youth Nationalism
Wright School of Education, Rm 4204
Chair: Prof. Heidi Ross, (856-8389)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Wang, Jianlan
SCRUTINIZING THE POSITIONS OF STUDENTS AND TEACHER IN ARGUMENTATION IN A HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS CLASSROOM
W.W.Wright Education Building, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Gayle Buck, (856-8171)

Thursday, October 09, 2014, 2:30 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Abaci, Serdar
An examination of direct and indirect effects of instructor feedback, student feedback orientation, and goal orientation on student motivation and performance in online learning
School of Education, Room 2277
Chair: Prof. Barbara Bichelmeyer, (856-7101)

Monday, October 13, 2014, 4:00 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Kang, Ingu
EMPIRICAL TESTING OF AN HUMAN PERFORMANCE EQUATION: UNDERSTANDING SUCCESS IN FEDERAL AGENCIES USING SECOND-ORDER STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING
School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Barbara Bichelmeyer, (856-7101)

Friday, November 07, 2014, 3:00 pm
Learning & Developmental Sciences
Pettyjohn, Patrick K.
Exploring Teacher’s Educational MUVE Video Game Integration Process: Four Exploratory Case Studies
School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Barbara Bichelmeyer, (856-7101)

Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 am
Counseling Psychology
Fisher, Adam R.
Marital Quality and Postnuptial Religious Transitions: Predicting Dyadic Adjustment Among Mormon Couples Following a Change in Beliefs
School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Thomas Sexton, (856-1485)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm
Computer Science
Zhang, Haipeng
Analyzing the Dynamics Between the User-sensed Data and the Real World
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. David Crandall, (856-1115)

Monday, September 08, 2014, 4:00 pm
Computer Science
Kuper, Lindsey A.
Lattice-based Data Structures for Deterministic Parallel and Distributed Programming
Lindley Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof. Ryan Newton, (856-4205)

SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, September 05, 2014, 12:00 pm
Vision Science
Jalimarada Shivakumar, Supriya
Functional Characterization of SLC4A11 in Corneal Endothelium
800 E Atwater Ave
Chair: Prof. Joseph A Bonanno, (855-4440)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, September 05, 2014, 9:00 am
Public Affairs
Fyall, Rachel C. K.
The Influence of Nonprofit Organizations on the Formation and Delivery of Public Services
SPEA DCR 300
Chair: Prof. Michael McGuire, (856-2984)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 12:00 pm
Health Behavior
Emetu, Roberta E.
Sexual health among young men who have sex with men with a previous history of childhood sexual abuse
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. William Yarber / Prof. Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, (855-7974 / 855-2673)