Dissertation defense schedule

Dissertation Defense Details

  • Videoconference Set Up
  • Tips for Effective Videoconference Dissertations

Submitting your Announcement of Public Defense of the Dissertation

Update: 09-01-21

Defenses may be held entirely in person so long as all University protocols are followed regarding such gatherings.  Hybrid defenses are also allowed, where some attendees are in person and others online, or the defense may take place entirely online.  The dissertation chair has the discretion to approve the option, but is asked to be sensitive of requests for remote attendance.

Create a Videoconference via Teams: If a hybrid or entirely online defense is held, the student will be responsible for setting up the virtual defense through the required platform, Microsoft Teams. 

  • Please have the Dissertator send out invitations to those they would like to attend the session. Encourage the invitees to download the software or app of the platform being used in advance so they have a chance to troubleshoot.
  • Functionality is better over the apps than over web browsers. Chrome and Firefox are optimal if using a desktop or laptop browser. 
  • Videoconference dissertations should be scheduled 30 minutes before the scheduled defense time, allowing the dissertator and their audience ample time to troubleshoot and be acclimated to the virtual space. 
  • Include videoconference link and other meeting details in multiple communication so that it can be easily accessed by the invitees.  
  • For Microsoft Teams, become familiar with the additional features, including the "PolI" capabilities, which not only helps lighten up the event, but allows people to send encouragement to the dissertator.  
  • Advisors should begin with a brief explanation for the audience for how to use the platform. The most important reminder is to tell invitees to mute themselves unless they are speaking to reduce ambient noise and other distractions. Be sure to ask invitees if they are familiar with how to do this and if not, feel free to walk them through the mute feature. If there are audio issues, it can be helpful to turn the video off.
  • Advisors should record the session for the person defending as a memento for this occasion. This is a recommendation and optional. 

2021/2022 Dissertation Defense Schedule 


Paul Cizek

Program: Religous Studies

Dissertation Director: Joshua Burns

Date/Time: December 9, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

Defense Location: AMU Lunda Room

Dissertation Title: "The Ethical Functions of Deuteronomic Laws in Early Second Temple Judaism"

Philip Mack

Program: Philosophy

Dissertation Director: Grant Silva

Date/Time: December 10, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Maquette Hall, Room 102

Dissertation Title: "Looking Through Whiteness: Objectivity, Racism, Method, and Responsibility"

Peter Burgess

Program: Philosophy

Dissertation Director: Sebastian Luft

Date/Time: December 10, 2021, 2:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Maquette Hall, Room 104

Dissertation Title: "Modeling, Describing, and Explaining Subjective Consciousness: A Guide to (and for) the Perplexed"

Tongtong Lu

Program: Biomedical Engineering

Dissertation Director: Bing Yu, PhD

Date/Time: December 16, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Rapid and Automated Margin Assessment During Lumpectomy Using a Deep Ultraviolet Fluorescence Scanning Microscope"

Priya Balasubramanian

Program: Biomedical Engineering

Dissertation Director: Dr. Brian Schmit

Date/Time: December 22, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Engineering Hall, Room 236

Dissertation Title: "EEG During Motor Tasks in Stroke: The Effects of Ischemic Conditioning and Fatigue on Brain Activity"



Claire Bird

Program: Psychology

Dissertation Director: Lucas Torres

Date/Time: January 24, 2022, 11:00 a.m.

Defense Location: Microsoft Teams Link

Dissertation Title: "Conditional risk for PTSD in a traumatically injured Latinx sample: Cultural x biological model"