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

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:00 am
Business
Wang, Jing
Two Essays on the Effect of Power Distance on Consumption Behavior
HH-742A
Chair: Prof. Ashok K. Lalwani , (855-1160)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1:00 pm
Biology
Rajaram, Krithika
A study of host-chlamydial interactions mediated by interferon-gamma and nitric oxide
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. David Nelson, (317-274-2813)

Friday, October 24, 2014, 9:00 am
History
Boles, Jennifer L.
\"Toward a Fourth Cinema\": Cultural Politics, Eight-Millimeter Film, and the Crisis of Middle-Class Youth Identity in Mexico, 1968-1974
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Peter Guardino, (855-6108)

Monday, October 27, 2014, 8:00 am
Anthropology
Ramos, Gilbert L.
Positional Behavior of Pan paniscus a Lui Kotale, Democratic Republic of Congo
Student Building, Room 332
Chair: Prof. Kevin Hunt, (855-3857)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:00 am
Communication & Culture
Van Hoose, Matthew J.
Neither Here Nor There: The Social Life of Tropical Music in Uruguay
CMCL Room 256
Chair: Prof. John McDowell / Prof. Daniel Suslak, (855-0390 / 856-1933)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
Malyutin, Andrey G.
Understanding of viral assembly through characterization of virus like nanoparticles
Chemistry, Room 033
Chair: Prof. Bogdan Dragnea , (856-0087)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Wu, Piin-Shiuan
The Performative and Discursive Leitmotifs of “Old Shanghai”: Inventing Senses of Place through Musical Reflexivity, Narrative Intertextuality, and Film Rhetoric
Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Chair: Prof. Sue Tuohy / Prof. Ruth Stone, (856-0203 / 855-0398)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 10:00 am
History
Warren, Jamie A.
Masters of the Dead: Slavery, Death, and Ideology in the Antebellum South
History Dept. Conference Room, Ballantine Hall 704
Chair: Prof. Steven Stowe, ((812) 855-7581)

Friday, October 31, 2014, 10:00 am
Second Language Studies
Seo, Hyun Kyoung
On the interplay of syntactic and semantic knowledge in sentence processing of English as a second language
Wright Education, Room 1225
Chair: Prof. Laurent Dekydtspotter, (855-2221)

Friday, October 31, 2014, 1:00 pm
Economics
Sorensen, Andrea M. L.
Essays on Individual Vaccination Decisions: A Theoretical and Laboratory Examination
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. James Walker / Prof. Daniela Puzzello, (855-2760 / 856-5419)

Monday, November 03, 2014, 1:00 am
Chemistry
Zhou, Yi
Measure ion transport in biological monolayers with scanning ion conductance microscopy
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Lane Baker, (856-1873)

Monday, November 03, 2014, 10:00 am
History
Sovde, Jennifer L.
From the Theater of Education to the Théâtre du Petit Monde: Child Performers, Education, and Commercial Theater for Children in Modern France
Ballantine Hall, Room 742C
Chair: Prof. Rebecca Spang, (855-2437)

Monday, November 03, 2014, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
Waller, Sarah E.
Physical and Chemical Properties of Gas-phase Transition Metal Suboxide Anions
Chemistry, C127
Chair: Prof. Caroline Jarrold, (856-1190)

Wednesday, November 05, 2014, 11:00 am
Communication and Culture
Heusel, Jennifer L.
Why do these silly things exist?: Postracial, Free Market Logics in Local Discourse about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Classroom Office Building, Room 256
Chair: Prof. Robert Terrill / Prof. Robert Ivie, (855-0118 / 855-0118 )

Wednesday, November 05, 2014, 11:00 am
American Studies
Heusel, Jennifer L.
Why do these silly things exist?: Postracial, Free Market Logics in Local Discourse about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Classroom Office Building, Room 256
Chair: Prof. Robert Terrill / Prof. Robert Ivie, (855-0118 / 855-0118)

Friday, November 07, 2014, 2:30 pm
Physics
Somogyi, Endre T.
Just In Time Compilation of Declarative Systems Biology Models: Applications in Bioelectrochemistry and Stochastic Systems
Chemistry, Room 203
Chair: Prof. Peter J. Ortoleva, (855-2717)

Sunday, November 09, 2014, 2:00 pm
Philosophy
Rings, Michael
The Aesthetic Cosmopolitan Project
Sycamore Hall, Room 180
Chair: Prof. Jonathan Weinberg / Prof. Sandra Shapshay, (520-621-9401 / 812-340-4631)

Monday, November 10, 2014, 2:00 pm
Political Science
Barch, Madeline R.
Interest Group Participation in Regulatory Policymaking
Woodburn Hall 218
Chair: Prof. Michael McGinnis, (812-272-1236)

Monday, November 10, 2014, 3:00 pm
History PhD & American Studies PhD
Stanley, Kimberly M.
“Pulling Down the House and Tearing Up the Yard: Constructing, Policing and Containing Black Masculinity, 1920-1960”
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Claude Clegg & Prof. Vivian Halloran, (855-3929 & 856-5653)

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 2:00 pm
Neural Sciences
Tahayori, Behdad
A novel therapy to regain control of spinal motoneurons in stroke survivors
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof, David Koceja & Prof. Nicholas Port, (855-7103)

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 3:00 pm
Portuguese
Mundo Rios, Moraima
Constructing the Child in Late Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Brazilian Prose
Ballantine Hall, Room 331
Chair: Prof. Darlene Sadlier, (333-5757)

Monday, November 17, 2014, 8:00 am
Geological Sciences
Elbaz, Cindy C.
ISOTOPIC EVIDENCE OF MICROBIAL SULFUR CYCLING IN SEDIMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH SPRINGS ON THE MARGIN OF A SALINE, ALKALINE LAKE IN SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON.
Geological Sciences, Room
Chair: Prof. Lisa M. Pratt, (855-5581)

Monday, November 17, 2014, 5:30 pm
Anthropology
Nichols, Teresa A.
Making and Managing Mongolian Heritage
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. K. Anne Pyburn, (855-2563)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 9:00 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Beaulieu, Wesley T.
Chemical, ecological and co-evolutionary interactions between Periglandula and Convolvulaceae
Jordan Hall, Room 123
Chair: Prof. Keith Clay, (855-8158)

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:00 am
Physics
Yeh, Fang-Chin
Liquid state machine in living neural networks
Swain Hall West, Room 238
Chair: Prof. John Beggs, (855-7359)

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
Monks, Brendan M.
Development and Investigation of Palladium Catalyzed Alkyl/Insertion Suzuki coupling and Palladium-Catalyzed Intramolecular Iodine-Transfer Reactions in the Presence of β-Hydrogen Atoms and Development of Iron Catalyzed C-H Activation and Alkyla
Chemistry Building, Room 033
Chair: Prof. Silas Cook, (856-3273)

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:00 am
Near Eastern Language & Culture
Habeeb, Anan M.
NOSTALGIA FOR THE EAST AND EASTERN POETIC CONVENTIONS IN AL-ANDALUS IN THE MIDDLE AGES: BONDS AND CONNECTIONS FOR THE EAST AMONG THE ARAB AND THE JEWISH POETS OF MUSLIM SPAIN
Goodbody Hall, CSME
Chair: Prof. Suzanne Stetkevych, (855-8722)

Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:00 pm
English
Liggett, Leticia C.
The Animal Trials of Shakespeare\'s Merchant of Venice and King Lear: Law and Ethics
Ballantine Hall, Parker Room
Chair: Prof. Judith Anderson, (855-3821)

Tuesday, December 02, 2014, 2:00 pm
Anthropology
Posthumus, David C.
Transmitting Sacred Knowledge: Aspects of Oglala Lakota Religion and Ritual
American Indian Studies Research Institute
Chair: Prof. Raymond DeMallie, (855-4086)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 1:00 pm
English
Held, Joshua R.
Struggles of Conscience: Subjectivity and Authority in Shakespeare and Milton
Ballantine Hall, Room 464
Chair: Prof. Judith Anderson, (855-3821)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, October 27, 2014, 10:00 am
Inquiry Methodology
Dong, Yiran
A SIMULATION STUDY ON MULTILEVEL MULTIPLE IMPUTATION METHODS
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Chao-Ying Peng, (856-8337)

Friday, October 31, 2014, 11:00 am
Language Education
Coggin, Linda S.
Creating Discourses of Possibility
Wright Education Building, Room 2277
Chair: Prof. Carmen Medina, (856-8270)

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)

Monday, November 10, 2014, 12:00 pm
Counseling Psychology
Carlson, Tracy N.
The Relationship between Client Perceived Therapist Credibility and Client Sexual Communication Comfort
Wright Education Building, Room 0034
Chair: Prof. Thomas Sexton, (856-1485)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 11:00 am
Higher Education
Lee-Garcia, Rebecca P.
An Analysis of the Privatization of Public AAU Institutions and their Changing Resource Acquisition Before and After the Great Recession
Wright Education Building, Room 2140
Chair: Prof. Doug Priest, (322-2811)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 2:00 pm
Learning & Developmental Science
McWilliams, Jenna M.
Trans*literacies: Designing for Gender Fluency and Transmedia Literacy in the Elementary Classroom
Wright School of Education, Room 4240
Chair: Prof. Joshua Danish, ((812) 856-8330)

Friday, November 14, 2014, 1:00 pm
Language Education
Mullin, Margaret B.
The Apprentice-Teaching Project: Agency Among School-Identified \"Struggling\" Readers in a Cross-Age Reading Intervention
Wright School of Education, Room 2140
Chair: Prof. Mitzi Lewison, (856-8269)

Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:00 pm
Counseling Psychology
Mungro, Jessica L.
Examining Racial Minority Student Non-Attendance following the Intake at a University Counseling Center
W.W. Wright Education Building 0034
Chair: Prof. Michael Tracy, (856-8345)

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 1:30 pm
Computer Science
Chen, Yangyi
When the Cloud meets Big Data: Security Challenges and Solutions
Informatics East 226B
Chair: Prof. XiaoFeng Wang, (856-1862)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014, 1:00 pm
Computer Science
Templeman, Robert E.
Safe Sensing: Controlling Exposure in a Sensor Rich World
Lindaley Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof. Apu Kapadia, (856-1465)

SCHOOL OF MUSIC, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, November 14, 2014, 4:00 pm
Music Theory
Cubero Hernandez, Diego E.
Brahms the Autumnal and the Romantic Aesthetic of Dissolution
Simon Building, M267
Chair: Prof. Frank Samarotto, ((812) 856-5740)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:00 am
Public Policy
Chan, Kwan Nok
Punctuated Equilibrium in Authoritarian Regimes: A Comparative Study of Government Information Processing
WH218
Chair: Prof. William Bianco, (856-0940)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Friday, October 31, 2014, 10:00 am
Human Behavior
Baute, Kelly J.
Coordinative Structures and Functional Synergies Underlying the Performance of a Functional Task While Sitting on an Unstable Base of Support
School of Public Health, Room 107
Chair: Prof. John Shea & Prof. Kevin Hunt, (856-6045 & 855-3857)

Monday, November 10, 2014, 11:00 am
Health Behavior
Niu, Jingjing
A META-ANALYSIS EVALUATION OF THE EFFICACY OF INTERNET-BASED INTERVENTIONS FOR HEALTHY DIET AND WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE REDUCTION
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Dong-Chul Seo , (855-9379)

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 2:00 pm
Human Performance
Tahayori, Behdad
A novel therapy to regain control of spinal motoneurons in stroke survivors
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof. David Koceja & Prof. Nicholas Port, (855-7103)