Joseph DuCette standing in his office at a desk with apple trophy on desk


To honor Professor Joseph DuCette, and recognize the exceptional work of doctoral students in the College of Education and Human Development, the college will establish the Joe DuCette Dissertation Award on behalf of the PhD Committee.

Dr. DuCette has been a respected and admired member of the faculty and administration in the College of Education and Human Development at Temple for more than 50 years. While he has had many positions in the college, perhaps his most impressive role has been as a doctoral advisor and dissertation committee member. Dr. DuCette has served on over 1,500 dissertations since he has been at Temple. 

The award will be given annually to the doctoral (PhD/EdD) student whose dissertation is judged to be the best dissertation in the college for that year. The award criteria will include the originality and importance of the topic, the methodological rigor of the study, the quality of writing and clarity of presentation, and the significance of the contribution to the field of education. The annual award will include a $2,000 monetary award. 

The goal is to raise at least $50,000 to endow the fund. As per university policy, we will seek to raise this $50,000 within a three-year period. If this goal is not met, all funds raised for this scholarship fund at that time and not already awarded will be distributed to graduate student scholarships in the College of Education and Human Development at that time.

This award not only honors Joe for his support of literally thousands of doctoral students at Temple, but also honors the excellent scholarship of doctoral graduates in the college.

Please join in honoring Joe and doctoral students by donating to the Joe DuCette Dissertation Award Fund today.

To give, go to and click on "Give" in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Then enter your gift amount in the "Other" line and note "Joe DuCette Dissertation Award" in the "Other" box.