Graduate Program Advisor Responsibilities

The graduate program advisor is (preferably) a tenured Associate Professor or Full Professor. In addition to her or his own teaching and research responsibilities, the program graduate advisor agrees to take on the following responsibilities for a certain tenure of time. The graduate advisor’s duties may vary, but they typically include the following:

  • Attempts to recruit exceptionally qualified students
  • Usually chairs the committee for Graduate Program Admissions and/or Policies
  • Often serves as a representative on Graduate Council
  • Acts as liaison with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Ensures that graduate students working on research theses are matched with appropriate supervisors and supervisory committees
  • Compiles and coordinates information concerning deadlines, procedures, etc. and communicates these regularly to graduate students and faculty members. Ensures that faculty supervising or teaching graduate students are aware of, and adhere to, applicable policies and procedures