Doctoral Students


In 1998, Montclair State University became the first of New Jersey’s public institutions of higher education to join Rutgers University in offering a doctoral degree. Today, more than 270 students at Montclair State are enrolled in doctoral programs in Audiology; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Counselor Education; Environmental Management; Family Studies; Mathematics Education; and Teacher Education and Teacher Development.

As a doctoral student, we know life can sometimes get overwhelming. Please allow this page to provide guidance and answer your questions as needed. Of course, we are always available to discuss anything that you have trouble finding on our website!


Doctoral Policies, Procedures & Guidelines

Doctoral Forms

The Doctoral Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide Through the Policy

Doctoral Dissertation Defense Schedule

Commencement Information for Doctoral Students

Contact Information

Doctoral Policies, Procedures & Guidelines

As a doctoral student at Montclair State University, you should be familiar with our Graduate Policy Manual 2016-2017. While we work to keep this document updated, policies are subject to change. Please do not hesitate to contact The Graduate School with any questions.

Doctoral Forms

General forms can be found in the Forms section of our website.

Beginning with the passing of your qualifying assessment and admission to candidacy, there is a series of doctoral-specific forms that you will be required to complete within your department and submit to The Graduate School:

If you are an Audiology student, you are required to submit the following forms only:

The Doctoral Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide Through the Policy

Please use this section to help guide you through the administrative process of the Doctoral Dissertation.

Carefully read the Dissertation Procedures and Guidelines Manual 2016-2017. This will answer the majority of your questions regarding The Graduate School's role in your dissertation.

An Overview of the Doctoral Dissertation Procedures and Guidelines

-Notification of Completion of the Qualifying Assessment and Notification of Admission to Doctoral Candidacy is completed by the department

-The student's committee is formed and The Graduate School is notified using the Approval of the Dissertation Committee and Request for Approval of Outside Dissertation Committee Member (as needed) forms

-The student's proposal is approved and The Graduate School is notified using the Approval of the Dissertation Proposal form

-The student's manuscript is completed and the student, with their committee, has selected a tentative date for the dissertation defense. The student conveys this to The Graduate School by submitting the Application for Dissertation Defense Date form, along with one hard copy of the dissertation. Before submitting this form to The Graduate School, the student should supply each of their committee members with a hard copy as well.

-Within 24 hours of the student's defense, the Report of Dissertation Defense form is submitted to The Graduate School.

-The student prepares the signature page, as described in the Doctoral Dissertation Procedures and Guidelines, and submits an electronic copy to The Graduate School at for approval.

-Once the signature page is approved by The Graduate School, the student prints the signature page on white 20- to 24-pound watermarked bond paper, as described in the manual (NOTE: The student should use the same paper that he or she intends to use to print the final copies of his or her dissertation to be bound). The student should print the same number of copies of the signature page as they intend to print of their dissertation for binding (each bound dissertation must have an original signature page). The copy/copies of the signature page should then be circulated among the committee and submitted to The Graduate School.

-Once any necessary changes are made to the manuscript and it is ready for printing and publication, an electronic copy is submitted to The Graduate School at NOTE: prior to submitting the manuscript for review by The Graduate School, please see the Dissertation Final Review Checklist.

-The Graduate School will review the manuscript for formatting requirements, as described in the Doctoral Dissertation Procedures & Guidelines. Any necessary changes will be communicated with the student. Once the manuscript is finalized, The Graduate School will assemble the final copy of the dissertation, including the completed signature page, and send a .pdf of the file to the student.

-The student will be instructed to submit the file for publication through UMI, using the steps provided in the Doctoral Dissertation Procedures & Guidelines. NOTE: The student should be sure to request that UMI file for copyright on their behalf, unless the student has other plans to do so on their own. The student should NOT order bound copies of their dissertation through UMI. Copies ordered from UMI will not be guaranteed by Montclair State University.

-The student will be instructed to print the hard copies for binding. The student must submit one hard copy to be filed in the Library. Any additional copies will be returned to the student after binding, for their personal use. The binding fee is $35 for each copy, including the Library copy.

-The student will deliver the hard copies, neatly separated, to The Graduate School, along with two checks:

Binding fee, made out to Sprague Library: $35 per copy

Dissertation filing fee, made out to Montclair State University: $100

-The student will complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates, as described in the Doctoral Dissertation Procedures & Guidelines

*As a note, you may browse previously submitted dissertations within the Dissertation Abstract Online database on the Sprague Library website at

Doctoral Dissertation Defense Schedule

As defenses are scheduled, they will appear below in chronological order.

Note: All students eligible for graduation within the current academic year (August 2016, January 2017, or May 2017) are included.

NameProgramDissertation TitleDate & TimeLocationDissertation Chair
Hansen, Melissa Environmental Management An Assessment of Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics from a Pliocene Polar Paleoclimate Archive

6/16/16 2:00pm

Center for Environmental and Life Sciences, room 110 Dr. Sandra Passchier
Brown, Richard Counseling Campus Climate for LGBTQ Students

7/28/16 10:00am

University Hall, room 3006 Dr. Dana Heller Levitt
Collucci, Melissa Teacher Education & Teacher Development Teacher Preparation for Linguistically Rich Classrooms: A Qualitative Study of Take-Up in Relation to Linguistically Responsive Teaching

10/27/16 1:30pm

University Hall, room 2118 Dr. Michele Knobel
Bozzolasco, Alejandra Maria Environmental Management Using a Mixed-Methods Approach to Understand Urban Children's Nature Conceptions, Ecological Worldviews and Environmental Perceptions and Preferences Before and After Attending an Environmental Education Program

11/11/16 12:45pm

Science Hall, room 102, Sokol Seminar Room Dr. Neeraj Vedwan
Tassinari, Kim Marie Counselor Education End-of-Life Caregiving and Meaning Reconstruction: Experiences of Adult Children Providing Home-Based End-of-Life Care for a Parent

11/29/16 11:00am

University Hall, room 5009 Dr. Harriet Glosoff
Baker, William B. Counseling The Meaning of Sexual and Gender Identities in Transgender Men

11/30/16 3:00pm

University Hall, room 3050 Dr. Leslie Kooyman
Jackson, Julia Pedagogy and Philosophy An Assessment of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of Hope in U.S. Urban Schools

12/7/16 12:00pm

University Hall, room 2160, Educational Foundations Conference Room Dr. Maughn Gregory
Li, Nanzhu Environmental Management Ferrate as a New Treatment Chemical for Removal of Effluent Organic Matter (EfOM) and Emerging Micro-pollutants in Treated Municipal Wastewater for Water Reuse

12/9/16 1:30pm

Science Hall, room 102, Sokol Seminar Room Dr. Yang Deng
Flood, Marguerite Sheehan Mathematics Education Adult Learners, Learning Disabilities, and Mathematics: A Case Study

12/16/16 10:00am

Richardson Hall, room 224 Dr. Mika Munakata
Lardier, David T. Family Studies Substance Use among Urban Adolescents of Color: Exploring the Effects of Ethnic Identity, Psychological Empowerment, and Race

2/16/17 12:30pm

Dickson Hall, room 178, Cohen Lounge Dr. Robert J. Reid
Shoemaker, Kathy Counselor Education Teaching Mindful Awareness Skills to Middle School Students and Its Relationship to Student Engagement with School and Student Test Anxiety

3/13/17 10:30am

University Hall, room 4052 Dr. Dana Heller Levitt
Fisherman, Daniel Pedagogy and Philosophy Everyday Criticality: Questioning, Expertise, and the Embodiment of Critical Judgment

3/23/17 10:00am

University Hall, room 2160, Educational Foundations Conference Room Dr. Mark Weinstein
Horton, Dawn Marie Counseling Professional school counselors and high school graduation: Does assigned school counselor correlate with students' rate of graduation?

3/23/17 11:00am

ADP Center, University Hall, room 1120 Dr. W. Matthew Shurts
Nacer, Carly Family Studies "It Was Just Ugly and Uncomfortable:" A Phenomenological Study of Intergenerational Transmission Among Adult Children of Divorce

3/27/17 1:30pm

ADP Center, University Hall, room 1143 Dr. Brad van Eeden-Moorefield
Sherwood, Natalie Environmental Management Risk Associated with Human Consumption and Harvesting of Two Turtle Species in New Jersey

3/27/17 1:30pm

Center for Environmental and Life Sciences, room 207 Dr. Meiyin Wu
Raza, Muhammad Hassan Family Studies Work-Family Dynamics Among Working Mothers in the United States

3/30/17 3:30pm

Dickson Hall, room 178, Cohen Lounge Dr. Brad van Eeden-Moorefield
Nuñez, Rosita Environmental Management Antecedents and Consequences of CSR Reporting by Corporations: The Role of Management Strategy and Organization Characteristics

4/7/17 9:30am

Center for Environmental and Life Sciences, room 110 Dr. Yawei Wang
Ducaine, Connie S. Counselor Education Understanding the Counselor Experience When Working with End of Life Clients

4/12/17 11:00am

University Hall, room 4116 Dr. Dana Heller Levitt


 Please contact with any changes to the schedule above.

Commencement Information for Doctoral Students

The Montclair State University Commencement website, at, is the official source for all University Commencement information. Details provided below are offered for convenience purposes only, and each student is responsible for confirming all information on the official MSU Commencement website, indicated above.


May 2017 Graduate School Commencement:

Monday, May 22nd, 2017


New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark


Order Academic Regalia for May Commencement: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Doctoral students may order either a Keepsake Doctoral Regalia Package ($99.45) or a Fine Quality Custom Regalia Package ($842.00). Fine Quality Custom Regalia Packages are recommended for students who will pursue faculty positions. Please contact Stacy Pinto, at, to arrange to view samples of the different types of doctoral regalia.

Regalia orders must be made at:

Register to Attend May Commencment: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Registration for May Commencement is managed through Marching Order at

Submit Doctoral Graduate Ceremony and Regalia Information Form: Monday, May 1, 2017

This is required for all doctoral students completing their degree requirements in May 2017, whether you plan to attend Commencement or not. Please indicate your plans for the May Commencement Ceremony by completing the Doctoral Graduate Ceremony and Regalia Information Form found at If you plan to attend the May Ceremony, you must order your regalia and register to attend Commencement, as described above, prior to submitting this form.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the information provided on this page, please contact the Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Stacy Pinto, at