Supervisory committee

The supervisory committee assumes the role of the faculty adviser in guiding your program of study through conferral of the doctoral degree. Your initial faculty adviser may or may not be a member of the supervisory committee.

Role of your supervisory committee

Your supervisory committee:

  1. Advises and mentors you through your completion of the doctoral program using various mentoring resources.
  2. Submits, through the chair, the signed DNP Final Project rubrics forms to your student file.
  3. Evaluates the proposed program of study using a set of established guidelines.
  4. Formally approves your program of study.
  5. Guides final project; recommends the final project for approval and for the doctoral degree.
  6. Conducts the final examination.

The supervisory committee MUST meet as a group to:

  • conduct the final examination

Composition of your 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.

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 meeting overall goals.

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 at

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.

Steps in the formation of your supervisory committee

  1. Read Graduate School Memorandum No. 45.
  2. In fall of year 3 of the program (year 2 for post-MN DNPs not seeking a new track), you will be notified in NMETH 801 with regards to the the composition of your supervisory committee. NMETH 801 faculty will serve as members of your DNP supervisory committee, along with at least one member knowledgeable in the track area for students seeking preparation in a new area of practice.
  3. You may wish to add a member of the agency where the practice doctorate project will be conducted as an optional fourth member of the committee.
  4. You will submit as an assignment in NMETH 801: Planning a written memorandum for the appointment of your supervisory committee. This form will be forwarded by your faculty to Dr. Anne Hirsch, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (, and to Graduate Program Adviser Betsy Mau (  If you select committee members from outside the University of Washington, please provide their contact information.
  5. 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.
  6. The supervisory committee is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School.
  7. The student establishes a schedule of regular appointments with the supervisory committee during the planning and implementation quarters in order to enhance progression.