John has been in contact with several professors about his topic area.
He has talked with Dr. Jim Sells already and knows he is very interested
in his topic. He asks him to be his committee chair. John also asks Dr.
George Jefferson and Dr. Parker to be on his dissertation committee. He
was glad he had talked to fellow students and others during his first year
of the program about possible dissertation topics. Now he could articulate
his ideas in an organized way to the faculty and be able to make a slight
shift in his topic to match something that Dr. Sells was already doing
Pitfalls to Avoid: