Student Handbook

Expectations of Graduate Faculty


  • To provide intellectual guidance and rigor on students’ educational programs and specific research projects
  • To provide students with knowledge of the current frontiers and opportunities in disciplinary and inter- or cross-disciplinary research
  • To provide appropriate guidelines, including expected timetables, for completion of research projects, and to respect students’ research interests/goals and to assist students in pursuing/achieving them

Teaching and Training

  • To encourage and assist students in developing teaching and presentation skills, including course development, lecture preparation, classroom communication, examining and grading
  • To provide sound intellectual guidance on disciplinary research methods and the historical knowledge bases of the discipline or the profession
  • To evaluate student progress and performance in a timely, regular, and constructive fashion
  • To serve, when requested, as an informed academic adviser and a nurturing professional mentor to graduate students in training, and, where appropriate and desirable, in students’ post-Ph.D. careers

Professional Development and Program Progress

  • To encourage student participation in scholarly activities, including conference presentations, publications, professional networking, grant writing, and applying for copyrights and patents
  • To prepare students to enter the job market with requisite professional skills, with an appropriate range of professional contacts, and with a realistic view of the current state of that market, both within and outside of the academy
  • To assist students, where appropriate, in joining collaborative projects in accordance with the accepted norms of the discipline, and to provide TA’s and RA’s with meaningful professional experiences
  • To avoid assignment of any duty or activity that is outside the graduate student’s academic responsibility or harmful to his or her timely completion of the degree


  • To be fair, impartial, and professional in all dealings with graduate students in accordance with university policies governing nondiscrimination, harassment of all sorts, and normative standards of confidentiality
  • To create, in the classroom or the laboratory, an ethos of collegiality so that learning takes place within a community of scholars
  • To create an environment that openly discusses laboratory or departmental authorship policies and that prizes and acknowledges the individual contributions of all members of a research team in the publications or presentations of its research
  • To avoid all situations that could put them or their students in positions of any conflicts of interest

Academic Environment Expectations of Graduate Students