Choosing a Committee/Advisor
These online resources and articles offer advice about how to choose a
committee/advisor, what questions to ask, how to set expectations and resolve
common problems, and more. Check through our collection of Promising
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Robert Gross, a professor of American studies, offers a statement outlining the
obligations of both parties in the adviser-advisee relationship.
Choosing a Graduate Advisor (Indiana University)
Whom to look for and whom to avoid, acquiring information about potential
advisors, and selecting a research project.
Choosing the Right Research Advisor (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Richard Reis writes about advising styles, what to look for in an advisor, and
how to find the right advisor.
Dissertation Advisor: User's Manual (ASGS)
Gives advice about setting expectations and resolving problems with one's
Graduate School Survival Guide (Stanford University)
Includes advice on what to look for in a good advisor, mentor or
committee member, and how to get the most out of that relationship.
How to Be a Good Graduate Student (Indiana University)
This series of linked essays aims to raise awareness on both sides of the
advisor-student relationship as to what the expectations should be for this
relationship, what a graduate student should expect to accomplish, common
problems, and where to go if the advisor is not forthcoming.
How to Get the Mentoring You Want (Rackham School of Graduate Studies at
the University of Michigan)
This online handbook covers developing relationships with mentors, how to get
the most from those relationships, and mentoring issues within a diverse
Ph.D. Information (University of Queensland)
Offers suggestions for establishing a relationship with an advisor, setting
expectations, getting and using feedback, handling disagreements, and more.
Supervisory Practices: Graduate Student Expectations (University of
Offers information on selecting a supervisor and committee, supervisory guidelines for different
fields, and a guide for Monitoring
the Progress of Ph.D. Students.
Promising Practices on Mentoring