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.


KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, June 01, 2015, 3:00 pm
Business
Barton, Felicity J.
How does the presence of an audit affect the decision usefulness of highly uncertain estimates?
BLCG 0001
Chair: Prof. Leslie Hodder, (855-9951)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 2:45 pm
Anthropology
Sage, Clark T.
Makha\'s Adornments: A Study of Traditional Lakota Plant Knowledge
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Raymond DeMallie & Prof. Catherine Tucker, (855-4086 & 855-2555)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 10:00 am
Physics
Fry, Jason A.
Exploring the Hadronic Weak Interaction with cold neutrons in the NPDGamma and n-4He Experiments
CEEM, South Large Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Mike Snow, (855-7914)

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 10:00 am
Astronomy
Janowiecki, Steven P.
The evolutionary status of high and extremely low surface brightness dwarf galaxies: BCDs and Almost Dark galaxies
Swain Hall West, Room 319
Chair: Prof. John Salzer, (855-6175)

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 2:00 pm
Cognitive Science
York, William W.
Aesthetics and the Scope and Limits of Cognitive Science
Center for Research on Concepts & Cognition, Room 100
Chair: Prof. Douglas Hofstadter, (855-6965)

Friday, May 29, 2015, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Midgley, Meghan G.
Nitrogen deposition impacts on soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics: The role of mycorrhizal associations in temperate forests
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Richard Phillips, (856-0593)

Monday, June 01, 2015, 9:00 am
Astronomy
Van Sistine, Angela
The ALFALFA H-alpha Survey
Swain Hall West, Room 319
Chair: Prof. John Salzer, (855-6175)

Thursday, June 04, 2015, 2:00 pm
Political Science
Anson, Ian G.
Media Bias, Inequality, and the American Economic Vote
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Gerald Wright, (855-6308)

Friday, June 05, 2015, 8:30 am
Sociology ; Criminal Justice
Li, Ke
Divorce Litigation in Rural China: Legal Mobilization, Gender Inequality, and State Power.
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Ethan Michelson & Prof. Philip Parnell, (856-1521 & 855-9325)

Friday, June 05, 2015, 12:00 pm
Classical Studies: Latin & Greek
Brant, Laura L.
Apuleian Women and Genre
Ballatine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Eleanor Leach, (855-4129)

Monday, June 08, 2015, 9:30 am
Psychology
Petersen, Isaac T. M.
Neurophysiological Mechanisms in the Development of Externalizing Behavior Problems in Young Children
Multidisciplinary Science Building II (MSBII) Room 102 Gill Conference Center
Chair: Prof. John Bates, (855-6961)

Monday, June 08, 2015, 2:00 pm
History
Catris, Sandrine E.
The Cultural Revolution from the Edge: Violence and Revolutionary Spirit in Xinjiang, 1966-1976
Ballantine Hall, History Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Gardner Bovingdon, (856-0230)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015, 2:00 pm
Psychology
Emerson, Katherine T. U.
Faking it Even After you Make it? Exploring How Organizational Lay Theories of Intelligence Impact Cheating on Difficult Tasks
Psychology Building, PY 128
Chair: Prof. Mary Murphy, (855-4581)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015, 3:00 pm
Sociology
Prewitt, Dana S.
Beyond the \"Glass Escalator\": Race and Gender in the Work Lives of Early Childhood and Elementary Educators
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Donna Eder & Prof. Pamela Braboy Jackson, (855-4895 & 855-2540)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 10:00 am
Sociology
Hatteberg, Sarah J.
Institutional Stress and Compromised Social Support in Collegiate Athletics: The Student-Athlete Experience
Ballantine Hall 843
Chair: Prof. Peggy Thoits, (856-2243)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 2:00 pm
Religious Studies
Logan, Dana W.
Uncivil Rituals: Civil Religion and Democracy in New York City, 1780-1850
Religious Stuidies Library, Sycamore Hall 230
Chair: Prof. Candy Gunther Brown, (855-3531)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 2:00 pm
Political Science
Toll, Benjamin T.
Selective Exposure, Source Cues, and Framing Effects: How Partisan News Impacts the American Citizen
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof, Marjorie Randon Hershey, (332-6473)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 3:00 pm
Linguistics; Slavic Languages & Literature
Zanon, Ksenia A.
On Hybrid Coordination and Quantifier Raising in Russian
Indiana Memorial Union, Distinguished Alumni Room
Chair: Prof. Steven Franks & Prof. Barbara Vance, (855-8169 & 855-2702)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015, 1:00 pm
Sociology
Doran, Kevin D.
Global Trends in Horizontal Inequality
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Arthur Alderson, (856-5883)

Friday, July 10, 2015, 1:00 pm
Astronomy
Pace, Cameron J.
Star Formation and Feedback From Radio Galaxies: Insights From Large Multiwavelength Surveys
Swain Hall West, Room 319
Chair: Prof. John Salzer, (855-6175)

Monday, July 20, 2015, 1:00 pm
Psychology
Byrge, Lisa
Individual variation in brain and behavior in typical and atypical development: antecedents, consequences, and pathways
Psychology Building, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Linda Smith, (855-6052)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 1:00 pm
American Studies
Ellapen, Jordache A.
From Black to Brown: Race, Diaspora, and post-apartheid South Africa
Ballantine Hall, Room 522
Chair: Prof, Marlon Bailey, (855-8255)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 2:00 pm
Fine Arts - Art History
Pauwels, Erin K.
Sarony\'s Living Pictures: Photography, Performance, and American Art, 1865-1900
Fine Arts, Room 002
Chair: Prof. Sarah Burns, (855-9556)

Monday, July 27, 2015, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Yang, Ping
Dynamic Transition of Rayleigh-B ́enard convection
Rawles Hall, Room 104
Chair: Prof. Shouhong Wang , (855-8350)

Thursday, August 06, 2015, 10:00 am
Mathematics
Bhattacharya, Prasit
Higher Associativity of Moore spectra
Rawles Hall, Room 368
Chair: Prof. Michael Mandell, (855-8524)

Monday, August 17, 2015, 1:00 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Buterbaugh, Chad E.
Vernacular Entrepreneurship as a Model for Oral Tradition
501 N. Park Ave., Room 100
Chair: Prof. John McDowell, (855-0390)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015, 2:00 pm
Biochemistry
Kumka, Joseph E.
Global transcriptional control of photosynthetic and aerobic events in Rhodobacter capsulatus
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Carl Bauer, (855-6595)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Huston, Thomas P.
Being Assessed: Student Teachers\' Experiences of IUTPA
W.W. Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Robert Kunzman, (856-8122)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2:00 pm
Language Education
Hsieh, Yi Chin
The Nature of Peer-Peer Interaction in Internet-Supported Collaboration: A Case Study in a Freshman English Class in Taiwan
School of Education, Room 2277
Chair: Prof. Faridah Pawan, (856-8274)

Tuesday, June 02, 2015, 2:00 pm
Language Education
Yu, Pei-Shan
Teaching, Learning and Maintenance of Chinese as a Heritage Language in American Colleges: A Classroom Ethnographic Study
School of Education, Room 2277
Chair: Prof. Serafin Coronel-Molina, (856-8232)

Monday, June 08, 2015, 1:00 pm
Counseling Psychology
Horn, Angela J.
Fathering Gay Sons: Examining Conceptual and Empirical Perspectives
W.W. Wright School of Education, Center for Human Growth, Room 0034
Chair: Prof. Y. Joel Wong, (856-8293)

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 2:00 pm
History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education
DeCesare, Anthony J.
Expanding Democratic Capability: Toward a Senian Theory of Democratic Education
W.W. Wright Education Building, 4204
Chair: Prof. Barry Bull, (856-8377)

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 9:00 pm
Special Education
Ballard, Kathy D.
When Doing Your Best Isn\'t Good Enough; Parents with Intellectual Disabilities and the Child Welfare System
IUPUI School of Education, Room 3138E
Chair: Prof. Patricia Rogan, (317-274-6862)

Monday, June 15, 2015, 1:30 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Shin, Sungwon
THE USES OF TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED CASES IN TEACHER EDUCATION: A CASE STUDY OF A SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS COURSE
School of Education, Room 2277
Chair: Prof. Thomas Brush, (856-8458)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 1:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Jernigan, Jeremy A.
The Standard(s) Choice: Public Discourse on Education Choice & Standards in Indiana
W.W. Wright School of Education, Room 2277
Chair: Prof. Robert Kunzman, (856-8500)

Friday, June 26, 2015, 1:00 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Modell, Micah G.
Distinguishing Between Healthy and Dysfunctional Student Project Teams: An Elusive Instructor Challenge
W.W. Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Elizabeth Boling, (856-8467)

Monday, July 13, 2015, 10:00 am
Instructional Systems Technology
Song, Donggil
Scaffolding Student-generated Questioning for Improving Reading Comprehension
School of Education, Room 2261
Chair: Prof. Krista Glazewski, (856-8457)

Tuesday, August 04, 2015, 1:30 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Hagan, Heather N.
Pre-Service Teachers\' Use of Children\'s Literature in Social Studies Instruction
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Keith Barton, (856-8058)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 3:00 pm
Computer Science
Korayem, Mohammed
Social and egocentric image classification for scientific and privacy applications
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. David Crandall, (856-1115)

Monday, June 08, 2015, 8:00 am
Computer Science
Pan, Yifan
Keyword Search on Graph Data
Lindley Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof. Yuqing Wu, (856-1872)

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 1:00 pm
Informatics
Huang, Chung-Ching
Describing and Analyzing Interactive Experience over Time
Informatics East, IE 130
Chair: Prof. Erik Stolterman, (856-5803)

THE MEDIA SCHOOL, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, June 03, 2015, 9:00 am
Mass Communications
Lewis, Nicole H.
The Role of Social Comparison in Emotional Responses and Exposure to Reality and Scripted Television Programs
Radio-TV Building, Room 320
Chair: Prof. Andrew Weaver, (856-2552)

Monday, June 08, 2015, 2:00 pm
Mass Communications (Tel)
Ems, Lindsay
DIVINE DESIGN: CONFIGURING AMISH COMMUNICATION IN A HIGH-TECH WORLD
RTV 271
Chair: Prof. Harmeet Sawhney, (855-0954)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, June 09, 2015, 10:30 am
Public Affairs
Baldwin, Elizabeth A.
STATE CLEAN ENERGY POLICIES & STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT: HOW STAKEHOLDERS AFFECT POLICY IMPLEMENTATION
SPEA, Dean\'s Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Michael McGuire, (855-5058)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015, 12:00 pm
Public Policy
Zhao, Shuang
Private Environmental Practices and Public Policy: The Emerging Role of Green Supply Chain Management in Environmental Protection
SPEA, Room 300, The Dean\'s Office
Chair: Prof. Douglas Noonan , (317-278-2448)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 10:00 am
Leisure Behavior
Yoon, Hyejin
Leisure Behavior and Quality of Life in Later Life
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Shu Cole, (855-9037)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015, 10:00 am
Human Performance
Hoseini, Najmeh
The effect of motor point associative stimulation (MPAS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on sensorimotor function and manual dexterity
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Hannah Block, (855-5390)

Monday, June 22, 2015, 10:00 am
Health Behvaior
Saccone, Roberta H.
Long-term Weight Loss Maintenance in Women- An Exploratory Study
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Kathleen Gilbert, (855-1090)

Monday, June 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
Leisure Behavior
Zhang, Ye
MENTAL CONSTRUAL INTERVENTION AS A FACILITATOR OF LEISURE TRAVEL FOR PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY CHALLENGES
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Shu Cole, (855-9037)