Faculty Resources: Promoting Students' Success

"The Advisor and the Committee" by Leonard Cassuto, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 20, 2012.

This article explores the role of committee members and strategies that advisors, doctoral students, and dissertation committee members can take to ensure that the dissertation process is a collaborative and thoughtful one. Read the article


"Promoting Graduate Students' Development through Graduate School and Beyond", Chris M. Golde. Special presentation for Directors of Graduate Studies at the University of Oregon, January 30, 2011.

View Dr. Golde's slideshow

Read the slideshow script

Worksheets for Mentors:

  • Student-Advisor Expectation Scales Worksheet
    Regarding advising relationships, Dr. Golde observes: "Making expectations explicit, and having regular conversations about expectations, helps to minimize misunderstandings. It is important to recognize that most students do not feel comfortable asking their advisor... Faculty members may need to be the ones to initiate conversations about expectations. This document can provide a basis for conversations between students and advisors to align their expectations.
  • Annual Doctoral Student Degree- and Career-Progress Worksheet
    "This worksheet is intended to facilitate an annual conversation between a faculty advisor and doctoral advisee, focusing on the student’s progress to degree and career plans. This conversation is intended to supplement other regular meetings where the faculty advisor and student talk about the student’s research and dissertation... A conversation based on each section of this worksheet would allow the faculty advisor to give advice and the student to develop specific, achievable goals for the next year."


"Does Time-to-Degree Matter?" by Joseph Picciano, Elizabeth Rudd, Emory Morrison, and Maresi Nerad, in CIRGE Spotlight on Doctoral Education #3, December 31, 2008.

Concerns about the length of time it takes to complete one's PhD are not new, but have become more urgent. Using data from Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out, CIRGE’s national survey of graduates 6 to 10 years post-PhD in six disciplines, this CIRGE Spotlight evaluates the association between time-to-degree and participant characteristics, program attributes, career outcomes, and family situation. Read CIRGE Spotlight #3

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