All degree and certificate students are assigned an advisor by the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs. The core faculty at PSR serve as student advisors in all degree and certificate programs. Advisors are key to each student’s progress through their program and are a great source of support, direction, and academic counseling. For programs that have milestones, you will usually be advisor consult with you on your milestone as needed.
For programs that have a thesis/project defense of some kind, your advisor will usually be the primary committee member for your defense.
Incoming student advisors or changes to advisor assignments are usually processed and emailed to students around the summer for incoming Fall students and in winter for incoming Spring students. If any urgent and necessary advising needs come up in the interim, the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs may assist students during these transitional periods.
Students find their advisor and advisors find their advisees by logging in to WebAdvisor. They may also find each others’ contact information that way or through the PSR website. For stability reasons, we try to encourage maintaining the same advisor assignment throughout a students’ program, but in the case that a student wishes to change advisors, after the first semester at PSR, they may apply to switch advisors by submitting a Change of Advisor form to the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs & Registrar.
In cases of advisor retirement or sabbatical, students will be reassigned another advisor.
Sometime during your first semester, make an appointment with your advisor to acquaint yourselves with each other and review your plans for your program. Your advisor is there to support and mentor you through your program, so make sure that you meet with your advisor at least once a year to check in.
For some students especially those in the MA and DMin programs, it may be in your best interest to have regular more frequent conversations with your advisor, including those about course selection, since those programs may be more flexible yet require more specialization. For all other programs, it may be sufficient to meet with the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs for course selection questions.
While your advisor oversees your program, you are responsible and expected to take the initiative in communicating with your advisor regularly and in understanding and fulfilling the requirements for your program.
Note that in the MA program, students are assigned the core faculty person overseeing the area you choose on your application. If you change areas or school of affiliation, your advisor will likely change and vice versa.