I have two advisers. One primary adviser (PA) is from my department. The second adviser (SA) is from another department. The PA appointed the SA (as my co-adviser) unofficially without asking me 2-3 years ago. However, the SA is not my adviser on paper.
I wrote 5 chapters out of 6 (the conclusion is left). They like my argument. They like the chapters I sent them. 3 chapters are approved by them in email and by phone. I am editing chapters 4 and 5 they liked.
In an email, PA suggested I extend my program into Fall 2021. I said I do not agree with this date when my chapters are written. I did not see my family for more than a year due to COVID restrictions and because I worked only on the dissertation. Like anyone else, this impacts my well-being.
PA was not helpful in their email. The PA emailed again apologizing for the PA's email earlier. The PA proposed a meeting to get this dissertation to the finish line.
The PA at the meeting apologized for her badly worded email again and told me "send the full dissertation draft by "a date" so we can work on it.
When the day came recently, the SA responded to my email and said "do not send us the full draft." I said, "but the PA asked me to do this." The PA denied the PA said something like that at all.
What lines can I use to convince a department head to take my case and really pressure both the PA and the SA for a defense date at the end of August 2021?
Info about Me:
- is at an R1 university in the US
- deemed active, good, and successful.
- has their dissrtation's contribution to the literature ready.
- does not need reference letters by the PA and the SA to survive after grad school.