Faculty Chair Mentor/Advising

Graduate students are assigned a faculty chair to serve as a mentor/advisor while students are pursuing an advanced degree.  The faculty chair will be the point-of-communication for graduate students at USW.

A faculty chair is more than an adviser. A faculty chair is a mentor who provides students with guidance, wisdom, assistance, support, and encouragement throughout the graduate education experience. 

Faculty chairs have expertise in their disciplinary area and all have terminal degrees (doctorate).  It is proper and expected for students to refer to faculty chairs as “Dr. ________(last name).”

An effective mentoring/advising relationship develops over time. The student benefits from the faculty chairs support, skills, wisdom, and coaching.

Studies indicate graduate students who receive effective mentoring/advising demonstrate greater

  • academic success in persisting in graduate school, achieving shorter time to degree and performing better in academic coursework

  • professional success with greater chances of securing a position if seeking employment in academe, or greater career advancement potential if seeking leadership positions in administration or sectors outside the University.

Mentoring/advising enables graduate students to

  •   acquire a body of knowledge and skills

  •   learn techniques for collaborating and networking

  •   gain perspective on how a discipline operates academically and socially

  •   understand more confidently with the challenges of intellectual work.

Mentoring enables faculty members to

  • engage graduate students in relationship building

  • prepare the next generation of intellectual leaders in the disciplines and in society

  • enjoy the personal and professional satisfaction inherent in mentoring/advising relationships

  • serve as a role model of servant leadership.