The PhD candidate’s supervisor is charged with a number of responsibilities over the course of the candidate’s program. These responsibilities break down in the following manner:

Year One

  • assist the student with course selection and progress through the PhD
  • suggest to the Graduate Committee possible members for the Comprehensive Examination Committee
  • with the Comprehensive Examination Committee compile reading lists for the examination

Year Two

  • participate in the setting and grading of the comprehensive examination
  • suggest to the Graduate Supervisor possible members for the Doctoral Research Project Committee
  • read and respond in a timely fashion to drafts of the student’s Doctoral Research Project
  • serve on the Doctoral Research Project Committee for the oral examination
  • read and respond in a timely fashion to the student’s dissertation proposal

Years Three and Four

  • chair the meeting for the student’s dissertation proposal
  • read and respond in a timely fashion to drafts of the student’s dissertation
  • facilitate the student’s awareness of the profession and its expectations regarding conferencing, publishing, grant application, teaching, collegiality, and administrative work