The dean of the appropriate school is responsible for naming the general advisor for graduate students in his/her school. A student is advised by the head of the major department or by professors appointed as academic advisors.
Academic advisement is a process-oriented, interactive professional relationship between advisor and advisee. It is viewed as process-oriented because it involves the developmental stage of career exploration of the advisee, followed by a course of action that includes discovery, knowledge, timeliness, and precision on the part of both advisor and advisee. Both parties are responsible for the success of the relationship, as follows:
An advisor is expected to
- respect advisees,
- have knowledge of the curriculum and advisement issues related to the program,
- be efficient and accurate when completing programs of study,
- help advisees explore their academic progress,
- assist advisees with career choice(s), and
- be available for advisement throughout the academic year, including prior to and during pre-registration.
An advisee is expected to
- respect the advisor,
- read and apply the information in the Graduate Bulletin,
- make and keep appointments with the advisor,
- be prepared for appointments with the advisor, and
- engage in exploration of career choice.