A faculty member who has not yet chaired a doctoral committee (e.g., a new Assistant Professor) should identify an experienced co-chair before agreeing to serve in this role. Once the faculty member has successfully guided a doctoral student to completion of the Ph.D. or Ed.D. as a co-chair, he/she may then serve as a chair of a student’s committee. In addition, there may be instances where having co-chairs is advisable given a student’s research interests, faculty schedule, and other circumstances.