Planning Your PhD
What are the responsibilities of the faculty advisor?
- According to the Graduate College catalog, All graduate students must have an academic advisor in the graduate program in which degree work is to be done. The academic advisor assists in planning a program of graduate study that fits the needs of the student and satisfies the graduate program and Graduate College requirements.
- In general, it is the responsibility of the advisor to help each student devise a program of study. This may include assistance in the identification of career goals, the selection of an area of concentration, recommendations on what courses to take when, and an appropriate course load?
What are the responsibilities of a student?
- Upon entering the program, a student will consult with the DGS, who will serve as academic adviser until the student has selected a major professor. After the completion of 24 credit hours of course work, in consultation with the DGS and other members of the faculty, students should select a major professor from among the public administration faculty. The major professor will serve as the student’s principal academic adviser, and together with the other professors, will supervise the work of the student until all requirements for the degree have been completed.
- At the end of each academic year, the DGS asks each student to complete a Student Activities Report (see Appendix E of the Ph.D. handbook ) that asks them to report and evaluate their progress in the program during the academic year. The DGS also asks faculty to evaluate Ph.D. students. These documents, along with student’s performance in their coursework will be used by the DGS to summarize the student’s progress and provide feedback to each student
- It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with university policies as set forth in the Graduate Catalog and the Ph.D. handbook
What is the role of the director of graduate studies?
The director of graduate studies handles issues relating to:
- Student grievances
- Academic probation
- General counseling-problems with current courses
- Graduate petitions
- Leaves of absence
- University withdrawal
- Financial aid recommendation
- Graduation checklist
What is the role of staff?
- The Assistant to the Head, Sharon Hayes is available to assist students with issues relating to course registration, enrolling in courses on which a hold has been placed, graduation requirements, etc. Sharon is also available to provide general advice to students on curriculum requirements, scheduling, and course selection. Sharon has access to the official transcript of each student including grade history. Sharon has Independent Study forms and handles petitions to the Graduate College.
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