Roles of an Adviser

The adviser-advisee relationship is critical to successful doctoral studies. Therefore, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C I) encourages 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 Director of Graduate Studies for the C I Department.

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 University’s Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) requirement for all new 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 candidacy examination. In most cases, the initial adviser serves the student's academic adviser through the completion of the candidacy examination, and may upon mutual consent of the student and adviser, become adviser and chair of the student’s doctoral committee at that time. A student may also change advisers at this time.

After the candidacy examination, an adviser and chair should help a candidate to develop a plan of study, select a doctoral committee, and prepare for and complete the written and oral 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 dissertation committee assumes responsibility for compliance with the Graduate School policies and procedures during the dissertation process and defense. The dissertation adviser consults with the student throughout the dissertation process from the prospectus to the oral defense of the dissertation. It is not necessary that the dissertation committee chair and the dissertation adviser be the same person, although that often is the case.

Ph.D. Manual
Expectations of the Curriculum & Instruction Doctoral Program
Roles of an Adviser ○ Admission to Candidacy ○ The Doctoral CommitteePlan of StudyComprehensive ExaminationDissertationProcedures Concerning Graduation