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Roles of an Adviser

The adviser-advisee relationship is critical to successful doctoral studies. Therefore, in C I, we encourage students to recognize that this relationship must be a mutually comfortable and productive one. Students may change advisers at any time during their program through consultation with the C I Director of Graduate Studies. 

An initial adviser is assigned once a student is admitted to the C I doctoral program. This adviser is expected to orient the student to the program and to advise the student in appropriate beginning coursework. All students should enroll in C I 590 during their first fall semester in the program in order to complete their orientation and fulfill the Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) requirement for all graduate students.

The initial adviser should ensure that any prerequisite conditions for a student’s admission have been met during the first year and prior to the Qualifying Examination. In most cases, the initial adviser serves the student's academic adviser through the completion of the Qualifying Examination and may, upon mutual consent of the student and adviser, become adviser and chair of the student’s Ph.D. Committee at that time. A student may also change advisers at this time. 

Advisers are also responsible to provide support for all doctoral students’ English competence from the beginning to the end of the doctoral program. English competence will be assessed at the time of the Qualifying Examination and this requirement must be satisfied prior to scheduling the Comprehensive Examination. 

After the Qualifying Examination, an adviser and Chair should help the student to develop a plan of study, select a Ph.D. Committee, and prepare for and complete the Comprehensive Examination. Upon successful completion of those examinations and mutual consent, the adviser and committee chair may become the student’s dissertation adviser and/or chair of the dissertation committee.

The Chair of a Ph.D. Committee assumes responsibility for compliance with the Graduate School policies and procedures during the dissertation and defense process.  The dissertation adviser consults with and is responsible for providing guidance to the student throughout the dissertation process from the prospectus to the oral defense of the dissertation. It is not necessary that the Ph.D. Committee Chair and the dissertation adviser be the same person, although that often is the case.

The position of Chair of a Ph.D. Committee is restricted to Category R members of the Graduate Faculty (see Policy GCAC-101).

Ph.D. Manual
Expectations, Credit Load, and Residency ○ Emphasis Areas, Dual-Title Degrees, and Minors ○ Roles of an Adviser ○ The Qualifying Examination ○ English Competence ○ Doctoral Committee Membership ○ Responsibilities of the Doctoral Committee ○ Plan of Study ○ Comprehensive Examination ○ Dissertation and Final Oral Examination ○ Procedures Concerning Graduation