CEC Faculty Articles

Title

Equity theory based strategies for students on overcoming problems in Ph.D. dissertation committees

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2012

Publication Title

International Journal of Doctoral Studies

ISSN or ISBN

1556-8881

Volume

7

First Page

221

Last Page

234

Description

There exists a critical relationship between the professor chairing the Ph.D. dissertation committees and his or her Ph.D. students. When problems arise in a Ph.D. program, issues of fairness based on fundamental principles in equity theory can guide both the professor chairing dissertation committees and the student to a just resolution. This paper proposes equity theory as a guiding aid in Ph.D. program problem resolution. To further illustrate equity theory considerations, a series of actual case applications are presented as suggestions for potential strategies in dealing with problems in Ph.D. dissertation committees. We conclude with recommendations both for Ph.D. students and new or veteran dissertation committee members.

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