Scholarly Engagement Policy

Updated August 2016


The goal of the Scholarly Engagement requirement is to prepare doctoral graduates who can acquire, evaluate, communicate, and extend knowledge through active participation in the scholarly community.

Annual Confirmation of Scholarly Engagement

Each year, as part of the annual review process, doctoral students must demonstrate to their faculty advisor's satisfaction either 1) completion of any benchmark activity, or 2) concrete progress toward the completion of any benchmark activity.

Prerequisites to be completed before key milestones in doctoral progression

Certain benchmarks must be completed before students are allowed to 1) take the preliminary exam, 2) defend a proposal/prospectus, and 3)
register for graduation.

Benchmarks for Scholarly Engagement

Before Preliminary Exam

Before Prospectus/Proposal Defense

  • Attend at least 1 prospectus defense as an observer, AND
  • Attend at least 1 dissertation defense as an observer, AND
  • Attend at least one of the following:
    • 1 national conference (professional or research association)
    • 1 outside/external methodological workshop
    • 1 FSU professional development seminar/workshop

Before Graduation

  • Present as first or second author/presenter at a national conference, OR
  • Present as the first author/presenter at a state or regional conference, OR
  • Publish an article as the first or second author in a peer‐review journal (article accepted or “in press” by time of registration for graduation)