Solving Dissertation Adviser and Committee Problems

In this article, we present a variety of suggestions for resolving some of the most common problems among students, advisers, and committee members. Although your situation will be unique, when problems arise, general guidelines can steer you towards your best solutions for:

•Working with busy advisers to get timely, useful, specific, non-contradictory advice;

•Handling revisions with which you don’t agree;

•Working with your adviser’s negative attitude;

• Changing advisers;

• Reconciling conflicting committee demands;

• Carrying on in your adviser’s temporary absence;

• Replacing your departing adviser