The Director of Graduate Studies serves as the student's initial adviser. Throughout the duration of the program, the student must meet once each semester with the director of graduate studies at the time of registration to review progress in the program.
The Director of Graduate Studies also advises the student on preparation for job applications. This begins usually by the end of the first year of the doctoral program with a draft CV. Each year, the student will review her CV with the Director, seeking advice on how best to represent her profile as a scholar and teacher. By the third year, that annual review will include direction on how to develop a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, evaluations from courses taught at SLU, etc.). By the time of advancement to candidacy the Director will provide regular advice on applying to job opportunities. This advising complements the various colloquia and pro-seminars on the practical elements of being a college teacher and published scholar.
Concurrently, as his research focus becomes clear, the student is urged to seek out an adviser from among members of the faculty, whose area of specialization is similar to the student's and who can best direct the student's studies. The student should then inform the Director of Graduate Studies of the adviser chosen.
- Communicate regularly with the adviser.
- Investigate and plan scheduling possibilities.
- Learn and follow all requirements, procedures, and deadlines.
- Be familiar with the overall program and the student's interests.
- Confer regularly and help the student prepare a teaching dossier.
- Be aware of the duties of research assistants.
- Know graduate school policies.
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