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Mentoring Committee



Upon receiving notice of your acceptance of admission, the graduate committee will assign you a two-member faculty mentoring committee. One mentor will be chosen based on compatibility of interests, insofar as these can be determined from your application material; and one mentor will be chosen outside your stated field(s) of interest.

A mentoring committee is expected to:

  • assist you in developing a well-balanced course of study appropriate to your interests (including reviewing your selection of courses inside and outside the Department, and providing useful contact with faculty in other disciplines and institutions where appropriate);
  • review the instructor evaluations placed in your files each term in order to address, monitor, and attempt to resolve possible problems in your academic performance; and
  • advise you on issues of professional preparation such as conference participation, teaching opportunities, and publication possibilities.

Mentoring committee members will also participate in your fourth-term reviews and may become members of your preliminary examination and doctoral dissertation committees.

Questions? Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.