Strong academic advising and developing a supportive network of mentors is critical to every graduate student’s success.
Elements of Good Academic Advising (UCGS/Provost's Office) outlines the responsibilities of academic units, faculty, and students , as well as suggestions for problem resolution.
The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences has developed resources to support faculty and peer mentoring:
- A Brief Guide to Graduate Student Mentoring (PDF)
- Dietrich School Graduate Student Peer Mentoring Guide (PDF)
Additional resources for graduate students, graduate faculty, and program leadership:
- CGS, Great Mentoring in Graduate School: A Quick Start Guide to Proteges (PDF) – a practical, student-oriented perspective; tips on topics such as identifying a mentor, engaging with mentors to develop a professional identity, cultivating networks, serving as mentor to others. Includes self-assessments.
- CGS, Ph.D. Completion Project: Promising Practices in Mentoring and Advising (PDF)
- Rackham Graduate School UMichigan, Quick Tips for Promising Practices in Mentoring (PDF)
- Rackham Graduate School UMichigan, How to Mentor Graduate Students. A Guide for Faculty (2018) (PDF)
- Rackham Graduate School UMichigan, How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students (2018) (PDF)
- Northwestern University, The Graduate School, Digest of Best Practices in Mentoring (website)
- Mentoring Graduate Students for a range of professional careers (UM, Humanities focus)
Ombudsperson for Dietrich School Graduate Students
The ombudsperson assists graduate students in the Dietrich School with resolving conflicts and issues that arise in the course of their graduate education that the students believe have not or cannot be addressed within their academic department. The ombudsperson can help mediate conflicts and provides information about institutional policies related to the student’s issues, including the University’s grievance procedures. The ombudsperson directs students to further resources on campus as appropriate. The ombudsperson for the Dietrich School Office of Graduate Studies is Philippa Carter, who also serves as Director of Diversity Initiatives and Academic Affairs. Ms. Carter can be contacted at email@example.com or 412-624-6096.