All doctoral degree students are advised during their first year by the graduate program director, who reviews and discusses each first-year student's course selection during the fall and spring registration periods.
The graduate program director will continue to serve as a doctoral student's academic adviser until the student chooses an adviser after successfully completing the core examination. This may or may not be the core area chair. At that time, the adviser will assume responsibility for the student's future academic advisement, and the student should consult with the adviser each semester prior to enrollment. If a different faculty member later assumes responsibility as the dissertation committee chair, that faculty member will then assume responsibility for future academic advisement. The Ph.D. committee is responsible for reviewing annually each student's academic progress.