DNP Supervisory Committee

The supervisory committee assumes the role of the faculty advisor in guiding your program of study through conferral of the doctoral degree. We encourage you to select your supervisory chairperson and committee early in your course of study. Your initial faculty advisor may or may not be a member of the Supervisory Committee - this decision is up to you and your chairperson.

Role of Your Supervisory Committee

Your Supervisory Committee:

  1. Advises and mentors you through the doctoral program using various mentoring resources.
  2. Works together with you to discuss and plan choices in course work and capstone project work, and to explore specific areas of study that support your individual educational goals.
  3. Submits, through the chair, quarterly progress notes to your student file.
  4. Evaluates the proposed program of study using a set of established guidelines.
  5. Formally approves your program of study.
  6. Guides capstone project; recommends the capstone project for approval and for the doctoral degree.
  7. Conducts the final examination.

The supervisory committee MUST meet as a group to:

  • conduct the final examination

The supervisory committee MAY meet to:

  • approve the program of study

Composition of Your DNP Supervisory Committee

All DNP supervisory committees must meet the requirements of Graduate School Memorandum No. 45. If you are seeking track preparation, one member must be knowledgeable in the track area certification requirements.

Consider the ability of selected members to work together, as well as required expertise. The student and committee will develop approaches for working together that blend the individual student's needs, as well as academic scholarship guidance and evaluation expected of the committee by the University. Ongoing discussions, negotiations and clarifications of strategies and expectations are important processes between the student and committee to assure the meeting overall goals.

Steps in the Selection of Your DNP Supervisory Committee

  1. Read Graduate School Memorandum No. 45 as well as Considerations for Selecting Supervisory Committee Members and Chair.
  2. During the first year of your doctoral program, we encourage you to discuss your interests with your faculty advisor and any potential members of the faculty who may be appropriate to guide your capstone project.
  3. Interview members of the graduate faculty with compatible inquiry interests and methods to consider who might be an appropriate chair of your supervisory committee. Remember, your prospective chairperson is selected first.
  4. You and your prospective chairperson identify likely candidates for the rest of the committee. Consider the ability of selected members to work together, as well as required expertise.
  5. Interview potential supervisory committee members and confirms their willingness to serve as a member of your supervisory committee.
  6. Submit a written memorandum for the appointment of your Supervisory Committee to Dr. Maggie Baker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at with a copy to yourself and to Graduate Program Advisor Betsy Mau, (no hard copies will be reviewed).  If you select committee members from outside the University of Washington, please provide their contact information.
  7. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is the School of Nursing Graduate Program Coordinator. The Associate Dean reviews the letter of request and forwards it, via a Student and Academic Services staff member, to the Graduate School for appointment and approval of the individual committee members.
  8. The supervisory committee is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School.
  9. The student establishes a schedule of regular appointments with the Supervisory Committee Chair in order to enhance progression according to the student's identified time frame for completion.

Impartial Review Committee

If you or your committee feels that bias or unfair treatment is occurring, you or a member of your Supervisory Committee may call upon the GSR committee in the College of Education for a review by contacting Tom Stritikus

When to contact the GSR committee:

  • If a student is being held to a higher standard than other students
  • If a faculty member appears to be displaying bias
  • If a student's concerns are not being addressed by the supervisory committee

If other concerns arise, contact Student and Academic Services, who will help determine the appropriate person to help address concerns.