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Doctoral Proposal (Chapter 2) Evaluation Form



Section 1: Written Product

  A1 U 2

Thorough description of the research methods to be employed


Research methods proposed will answer research questions


Research methods proposed minimize threats to internal and external validity


Outlined data analysis for each research question


Ideas are well organized within and across paragraphs (including appropriate use of topic and transition sentences).


Mechanics - correct use of syntax (few or no grammatical errors in sentence structure), correct us of punctuation, words spelled correctly, proofreading is evident.


Correct use of APA (title page, margins, spacing, headings, citations in text match references in reference section, abbreviations & quotations).

A1 = Acceptable U 2 = Unacceptable

Committee Member Comments on Written Product Strength and Weaknesses

Section 2: Oral Defense

  A1 U 2

Developed professional Powerpoint presentation with handouts (i.e., legible font size on slides, main points are outlined vs. including written paragraphs on slides).


Professional presentation style (i.e., presenter stands during presentation, maintains good eye contact, talks to the audience vs. reading from the screen, pause, pitch, vocal variety, appropriate use of notes as guide, uses professional rather than colloquial expressions)


Provides a very brief overview of the statement of the problem and the research questions to be answered prior to presenting methodology.


Demonstrates thorough understanding of the research methodology to be employed and provides a rationale for use of the research design.


Professional response to questions (defensible, organized and comprehensible responses; verbal and nonverbal communicative behaviors are responsive and encourage interaction with the audience).


Response to questions demonstrates a mastery of the research methodology to be employed and the data analysis which will be used to analyze research questions.

A1 = Acceptable U 2 = Unacceptable

Committee Member Comments on Oral Defense Strength and Weaknesses

Last Updated: 3/21/23