The Director of Graduate Studies generally advises students in their first two years. By the end of the second year, each student is paired with a primary advisor who serves as the chair of the student's major field committee. This advisor is responsible for helping the student to secure the participation of two other faculty members in the major field process. Upon passing the major field exam, a student continues to rely on a primary advisory (also known as the Dissertation Director) and two additional faculty members comprising each student's Research Advisory Committee.
Students have as much access to their advisors as they need. This will vary, according to the rhythms of work and personal circumstances. The Department's aim is that there should be good, strong working relationships between all advisors and advisees at every stage. These, like any other relationships, need work and commitment from those involved. Any problems should be referred to the Director of Graduate Studies, on a confidential basis. We recommend that important agreements, such as the timing and scope of the major field exam, should be put in writing to ensure clarity of communication. Students are entitled to frequent contact with their advisors, to a reasonable quick return of written work, and to all due support.
Contact the Academic Coordinator:
Campus Box 1122
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899