Advising and Mentoring

Strong academic advising and developing a supportive network of mentors is critical to every graduate student’s success. The Dietrich School fosters a culture of mentoring in which graduate students are empowered to forge effective mentoring relationships. We highlight and  celebrate exemplary mentorship by untenured and recently tenured graduate faculty through the Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring.

Resources for Graduate Faculty and Graduate Students

Elements of Good Academic Advising (UCGS/Provost's Office) outlines the responsibilities of academic units, faculty, and students , as well as suggestions for problem resolution.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences has developed resources to support faculty and peer mentoring:

Additional resources for graduate students, graduate faculty, and program leadership:


Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring


Ombudsperson for Dietrich School Graduate Students

The ombudsperson assists graduate students in the Dietrich School with resolving conflicts and issues that arise in the course of their graduate education that the students believe have not or cannot be addressed within their academic department. The ombudsperson can help mediate conflicts and provides information about institutional policies related to the student’s issues, including the University’s grievance procedures. The ombudsperson directs students to further resources on campus as appropriate. The ombudsperson for the Dietrich School Office of Graduate Studies is Philippa Carter, who also serves as Director of Diversity Initiatives and Academic Affairs. Ms. Carter can be contacted at or 412-624-6096.