Post # 1
alrighty bees, I am officially half way through my graduate studies in Rural and Community Development… I love the program, I love the schools I love the professors I have had so far, there is only one problem I have only had two professors for the 5 classes I have taken and now I have to choose my grad. comittee.
It is supposed to include 5 members, a chair, and a co chair, and I only actually know 3 people in the department. So what do I do? just start randomly emailing professors I have never met to see if they will be on my grad comittee? I am not in a position where it would be possible to just hang out in the department for the day and introduce my self as many of them are gone for summer allready…
Post # 3
Can you email the professors that you know and ask who they think would be a positive addition to the comittee?
Post # 4
Do you have an advisor familiar with your work and know your career goals? If so, ask him/her for recommendations. My committee was basically my advisor’s friends. One was a guy I picked on my own outside of the department.
There are only so many professors in a department to go around, I think they just expect it. Most professors are required to be in a certain # of committees. It’s their job so don’t feel awkward asking.
Post # 5
I just graduated with my masters in Dec, and what we needed for our committee were two in department members and one out of the department. I asked my advisor (you have one of those in your department right?) to be one committee member, another professor I liked to be the other in department member, & then I asked my advisor for a referral for an out of the department member (obviously I didn’t have any clue who to choose). My suggestion to you is to do something similar. Ask the professors you do know for referrals. In the end you may end up asking people you don’t know, and that’s okay! That’s their job as professors to be on committees. I promise you won’t be the only “stranger” to ask, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re not the only student who doesn’t know every professor either. Also, you can ask other students about whom they have asked, and you can use them as the referral source. Ideally I would start with your advisor though because you might want people on your committee who will have interest in your thesis, and your advisor will know who those people are. Good Luck & Congrats!!!
Edit: I was typing mine while the PP wrote hers, so DITTO!!!