Choosing a Major Advisor

What to Know

During your doctoral program, your major advisor (Dissertation Chair) plays a critical role in your success.


Choosing your major advisor is one of the most important decisions you make. If you are interested in asking me to serve as your chair, or on your committee, the following information may be helpful.  If you think my skills and experiences fit your needs, let's chat.

Think We Should Meet?

Here are some ideas on things we should discuss. 


What are your dissertation interests?  You don't have to have all of the answers but be prepared to talk about ideas you have explored, questions of interest, and research you have done on your topic.


How do you think I can contribute?  Are there specific experiences, approaches, research interests, etc. of mine that you think will be most helpful as you work through your dissertation process.

Before We Meet

Do a little homework. Go to the EDL website and read. 


  • EDL Graduate Student Handbook


  • Guidelines for the Ph.D./Ed.D. Dissertation