Administered: On-going; Summary Evaluation during Spring Semester
Faculty members evaluate academic performances by graduate students. Graduate students have on-going opportunities to discuss the academic program with faculty mentors. Prolonged close associations between faculty mentors and students are key to successful training for professional life. Each incoming graduate student is assigned a (temporary) faculty mentor, whose role is to track the student’s progress and be available to provide scholastic and professional advice of any sort during the first year of graduate training. The incoming student also is assigned a graduate student mentor, selected from among the pool of successful senior graduate students in the program. Within a year, the student will decide upon a faculty mentor of their choosing, who may or may not be the person initially assigned to them. Close rapport is maintained with students via mentoring throughout their years in the program.
Mentoring activities are augmented by yearly student self-evaluations and detailed faculty feedback that is recorded in each graduate student’s academic file in the Advising Office. Formal evaluations of academic progress are conducted during the spring semester by the department; all subfield faculty meet to discuss at length every student’s status within the program, progress toward degree, and extent to which the student is living up to our expectations for successful academic or professional careers, including publication, participation in meetings and service to the profession. On the basis of these discussions, the student is provided with specific guidelines for improving their progress as needed. At this time, graduate students are encouraged to express their views about the academic program.