Departmental Mentoring Plan

In order to advance to candidacy, students must form a dissertation committee, which will include the proposed dissertation chair and other members faculty who will serve as committee members (p. 11). Upon setting up this committee, the chair and the student should explicitly outline an individual mentoring plan specifying the expectations of both parties. These This plans should be reviewed and possibly revised at an annual full-committee meeting. The plan may be revised as a result of the annual review, as deemed appropriate by the student together with the committee. The annual full-committee meeting will allow the student to go over their progress, check-in, and discuss/revise expectations, individual mentoring plans, etc.

Academic advising

Before a dissertation proposal chair is chosen, the default advisor for every student is the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). The DGS should be consulted on any decisions having to do with curricular requirements. Any faculty member can be consulted by any student on what their best course of study is, including how to complete the course requirements, advice on qualifying paper topics, or anything else relating to the curriculum. However, in designing a specific course of study, students will also need more specialized advice, depending on the specific area of linguistics or the specific methodologies the student plans to use in their research. To this effect, students should seek the advice of faculty specializing in their areas of interest. 

By the end of the first and second years of study, students choose an academic adviser for the upcoming year. The role of this adviser is to consult with the student about the upcoming Qualifying Paper, with the intent of helping to prepare the student to engage in the research in advance of the autumn quarter and beyond. This adviser may or may not be one of the QP readers.

Open-door policy

The Department has an open-door policy meaning that all graduate students in the Department should feel free to talk to any professor about their research and academic concerns, not only those who are directly involved in supervising their research. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this policy and to confer with a broad range of faculty members throughout their time in the program.