Advising & Committees

Each student admitted to the Ph.D. program will choose an advisor who is a member of the Graduate Faculty and whose intellectual interests are compatible with the student's plan of study. All graduate students are required to choose an advisor by November 1 of their first semester. If they do not choose an advisor by that date, the Director of Graduate Studies will appoint one for them. The faculty advisor will be responsible for advising the student on all aspects of her/his academic program, for approving the student's course of study each semester, for monitoring her/his progress through the program, and for notifying the student of the nature and timing of examinations and other evaluative procedures. The advisor, in consultation with the student and the Director of Graduate Studies, will be responsible for constituting the advisory, dissertation prospectus, and Dissertation Examination committees. The advisor will also represent the student to the Graduate Committee, as appropriate.

The advisory committee, to be constituted no later than the spring semester of the first year of study, consists of the student's advisor and two faculty members in appropriate fields. At the conclusion of the first year of study, all students will make available to the advisory committee a transcript of coursework and major written work completed during the first year. The Director of Graduate Studies will provide the advisory committee with additional relevant information, such as teaching assistantship evaluations. Upon review of the appropriate materials, the advisory committee will then recommend to the Graduate Committee continuation, modification, or, as appropriate, termination of the student's program.

After the first year of study, the advisory committee may convene to discuss progress-to-degree. The advisor has primary responsible for determining the need for an advisory committee review, but a student has the right to request formal review.

Students may change advisors. The Director of Graduate Studies and the new faculty advisor shall approve changes in advisors before a student advances to candidacy. After advancement to candidacy, changes shall be approved only by petition to the Graduate Committee. A change of advisor or of the composition of the advisory committee must be recorded in the student's electronic file.