All newly admitted graduate students will be assigned to a program advisor from the Philosophy faculty by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).
The responsibilities of the program advisor are:
- to offer advice about course selection in order to ensure that students can satisfy all course requirements by the end of their second year,
- to contact students several times a year, in order to discuss any academic problems they may be having,
- to discuss with students any personal difficulties that are affecting their work,
- to present the student’s point of view at the annual meeting at which student progress is monitored, and
- to advise the student regarding the writing of petitions and appeals addressed to the department.
Around the end of their second year or beginning of their third year, students should have determined who their PhD advisor will be. The PhD advisor will be a member of the graduate teaching faculty of the department of Philosophy, and is responsible for guiding the student's PhD dissertation research and writing through graduation. When the student has determined who their PhD advisor will be, the two will meet in person and each will sign the Student/Advisor Commitment form, which outlines each of their respective responsibilities within the advisor/advisee relationship, and can be found here: