The Doctor of Philosophy Board advises the Provost about University-wide issues pertaining to the Ph.D. In addition, the Board approves new Ph.D. programs, recommends Ph.D. candidates for conferral to the president, conducts program reviews, and sets guidelines and policies that enhance the experience of all Ph.D. students. The Board respects the strong tradition of local autonomy of the Schools and seeks to enhance the visibility and prominence of Ph.D. education across the University.
The Board was formed in January 2010. It inherited all University-wide Ph.D. policies that were in place at that time and that had been previously approved by the Graduate Board.
The Board is composed of distinguished faculty whose expertise reflects the broad range of intellectual disciplines represented by the University’s Ph.D. programs. The distribution of the members ensures that the full range of intellectual inquiry is represented on the Board. The numbers are chosen not to reflect the size of a school’s Ph.D. program, but rather the diversity of its disciplines. It is composed of eleven voting faculty members, distributed as follows: