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Graduate Advisor Responsibilities

Section F.4 of the Graduate School Handbook

  • Conduct advising in an ethical manner, including when recruiting advisees
    • Communicate clear intentions, expectations, and requirements to potential and current advisees, including how long the advisor expects to stay in his or her current position and the amount of funding support available to advisees
    • Address problems immediately so both parties can remedy issues expediently
    • Maintain communication and interact with graduate students in a professional manner
    • Communicate clear expectations for time to degree completion and publication expectations
    • Provide periodic and regular evaluations of progress toward degree
    • Provide timely written feedback on advisee’s professional writing (article drafts, dissertation chapter drafts, etc.)
    • Give students appropriate credit for their work, e.g. as reflected in author strings in journal articles or books
  • Aid in preparing students to be the best professional they can be
    • Initiate conversations about academic progress and stay current about degree requirements and procedures
    • Initiate conversations with advisee about career goals
    • Support traditional and non-traditional career goals
    • Help graduate students develop professional skills that will make them competitive for employment in their given field
    • Encourage students to take part in activities that will enrich their academic development, e.g. by participating in professional conferences and other networking activities
  • Respect advisees’ academic and non-academic commitments and responsibilities
    • Provide prompt and honest feedback on student’s work
    • Allow reasonable time for students to prepare requested materials
    • Do not require that a student continue to provide a service (e.g. teaching, laboratory management, mentoring of other students, etc.) under terms that can hinder a student’s degree completion