Review

Preliminary Review

Each thesis, project report, or dissertation must meet University format guidelines. During the preliminary review, candidates will submit a draft of the document to the Thesis/Dissertation Reviewer who will review the format and suggest revisions. Some expectations include:

  • We review format, not content. Thesis/Dissertation Reviewers will not review or correct subject content, research quality, punctuation, or grammar. A list of editors for hire, at the Candidate's personal expense, may be provided upon request.
  • We meet you face-to-face. The Candidate must meet with the Reviewer in person for at least the first preliminary review meeting. This allows for better efficiency in communication. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • We work directly with your document. If available, the Candidate should bring a laptop/notebook computer to their preliminary review meeting so that the Candidate and their Reviewer may work directly with the document. Otherwise, a USB flash drive with the thesis/dissertation file or a manuscript hardcopy will suffice.
  • We review your formatted document. The thesis, project report, or dissertation should already be formatted to University specifications prior to meeting with the Reviewer for preliminary review. The Reviewer only checks the formatting, but does not format the document for the Candidate. A list of editors for hire, at the Candidate's personal expense, may be provided upon request.
  • We value consistency above all else. Candidates are encouraged to notify their Reviewer of any tweaks to format or style that the Committee has requested. With the exception of a few elements of the manuscript, the guidelines are flexible within reason. 

Unless otherwise directed by their Committee, the Candidate need not have obtained Committee approval on the thesis or dissertation (e.g., signatures on the GS-13) in order to submit the document for preliminary review. We strongly recommend that students meet with their Reviewer well in advance of the preliminary review deadline. There is no limit to how often a Candidate consults with a Reviewer; however, Candidates are advised to schedule appointments well in advance as Reviewers' schedules fill quickly near the end of the term.

Office Hours & Appointments 

Thesis/Dissertation Reviewers will hold office hours during regular business hours (M–Th 9 a.m.–8 p.m., F 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) in the GRC Learning Center (Library North A124).

Starting in Fall 2016, Reviewers will be available only by appointment during Weeks 1 through 4 of the semester. Weekly drop-in office hours for all Reviewers will begin in Week 5, though appointments are still strongly recommended. 

Please keep in mind that nearly all Thesis/Dissertation Reviewers are also graduate students. They have a designated number of hours that they work each week, and as such, are not available on demand or at the last minute. Plan accordingly. 

Thesis/Dissertation Reviewers by College, Spring 2017

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SPECIAL NOTE: If you wish to schedule an appointment with your reviewer before week 5 (February 20), please email your reviewer directly to schedule an appointment. Do not schedule an appointment with anyone other than your assigned reviewer!

College

Reviewer

Office Hours

Arts & Letters

  • Art
  • Music, Theatre and Dance
  • Television, Film and Theatre

Will Schimmeyer

Bio | wschimm2@calstatela.edu

Week 6

Tu 2/28, 3–5:30pm

Th 3/2, 3–5:30pm

Week 7

Tu 3/7, 3–5:30pm

Th 3/9, 3–5:30pm

Week 8–Finals Week

To be announced

Arts & Letters

  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Modern Languages and Literature
  • Philosophy

Andrea Gutierrez
Bio | aguti111@calstatela.edu

By appointment only

Business & Economics

Emily Adams
Bio | eadams5@calstatela.edu

Week 6

Tu 2/28, 12–5pm

Week 7–Finals Week

To be announced

Education

Andrea Gutierrez
Bio | aguti111@calstatela.edu

By appointment only

Engineering, Computer Science & Technology

Emily Adams
Bio | eadams5@calstatela.edu

Week 6

Tu 2/28, 12–5pm

Week 7–Finals Week

To be announced

Health & Human Services

  • Child and Family Studies
  • Communication Disorders
  • Criminal Justice and Criminalistics
  • Kinesiology and Nutritional Science
  • Nursing (Master's)

Emily Adams
Bio | eadams5@calstatela.edu

Week 6

Tu 2/28, 12–5pm

Week 7–Finals Week

To be announced

Health & Human Services

  • Nursing (Doctorate)

Andrea Gutierrez
Bio | aguti111@calstatela.edu

By appointment only

Health & Human Services

  • Social Work: Rhee (Main Campus), Villa

Amaia Skerritt-Perta

Bio | askerri2@calstatela.edu

Week 6

Th 3/2, 10am–3pm

Week 7–Finals Week

To be announced

Health & Human Services

  • Social Work: Rhee (DTLA)

Will Schimmeyer

Bio | wschimm2@calstatela.edu

Week 6

Tu 2/28, 3–5:30pm

Th 3/2, 3–5:30pm

Week 7

Tu 3/7, 3–5:30pm

Th 3/9, 3–5:30pm

Week 8–Finals Week

To be announced

Health & Human Services

  • Social Work: Emerson, Hernandez

Naomi Weisz

Bio | nweisz2@calstatela.edu

Week 6

Tu 2/28, 1:30–4pm

Th 3/2, 1:30–4pm

Week 7

Tu 3/7, 1:30–4pm

Th 3/9, 1:30–4pm

Week 8–Finals Week

To be announced

Health & Human Services

  • Social Work: Huynh-Hohnbaum, Kim

Claudia Camacho-Trejo

Bio | ccamach6@calstatela.edu

Week 6

Tu 2/28, 1–4pm

Th 3/2, 3–5pm

Week 7

Tu 3/7, 1–4pm

Th 3/9, 3–5pm

Week 8–Finals Week

To be announced

Health & Human Services

  • Social Work: Lemmons, Willis

Natalie Vindivich

Bio | nvindiv2@calstatela.edu

Week 6

M 2/27, 10am–1pm

W 3/1, 11am–1pm

Week 7

M 3/6, 10am–1pm

W 3/8, 11am–1pm

Week 8–Finals Week

To be announced

Health & Human Services

  • Social Work: Doran, Dunn

Aeden Sutherlin

Bio | asuther4@calstatela.edu

Week 5

Th 2/23, 10am–3pm

Week 6–Finals Week

To be announced

Natural & Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies
  • Geosciences and Environment
  • History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

 

Cassandra Salcedo
Bio | csalce14@calstatela.edu

 

Week 6

M 2/27, 3–6pm

Tu 2/28, 3:30–6pm

Week 7

Tu 3/7, 3–6pm

W 3/8, 12:15–2:15pm

Week 8–Finals Week

To be announced

Natural & Social Sciences

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry

Sonia Setayesh

Bio | msetaye2@calstatela.edu

Week 6

W 3/1, 10–3pm

F 3/3, 10–3pm

Week 7–Finals Week

To be announced

Interdisciplinary Studies

Andrea Gutierrez
Bio | aguti111@calstatela.edu

By appointment only