Faculty Mentors

""Each incoming student beginning in Fall 2019 will be assigned a temporary faculty advisor. Graduate students should initiate four meetings with this temporary faculty advisor in the first year. In addition, the graduate director is always available for advising.

You should select a faculty member to serve as a thesis or dissertation advisor in the fall of your second year. You will receive academic and professional guidance from this faculty member while working toward your master's thesis and/or a doctoral dissertation. You should examine graduate faculty members' individual research interests and projects throughout the course of mentor selection.

Advisor selection is a crucial aspect of graduate study in the Department of Sociology. Failure to select a faculty mentor can hinder your progress toward degree completion. Students should notify the Graduate Program Director when this decision has been made.

For more information on selecting a faculty member, read the Graduate Handbook or contact the program director.


Academic advising is primarily the responsibility of the graduate director. The director can help with course selection, evaluation of academic progress, and addressing any student/departmental issues that may arise. This arrangement ensures that all students are receiving consistent information with regard to course and degree requirements. The graduate committee represents the final word on issues concerning course and degree requirements.

Student Mentors

The graduate director assigns entering graduate students a student peer mentor. This person is an experienced graduate student who serves as an informal mentor. This arrangement fosters collaboration among the graduate students as well as a smoother transition into the departmental environment.