Dissertation Advisor

When I chose her and started my dissertation, she turned down the research topic I wanted to do and made me do her own.

I am now doing my ninth revision of the proposal to do research, and she still keeps correcting practically every word I write.” I have heard this complaint, or a similar ones, for 30 years.

There are several books about the process available on

The unspoken rules of the graduate process keep students blind from the beginning. When in graduate school the dean of the graduate school, not the dean of the college, is the dean presiding over the graduate student.

He or she is probably on a tenure track, meaning their work will be scrutinized by other members of the department.

I heard the following complaint (typical of this red flag) within the last month: “My department chair said Professor Smith was a rising star and had a lot of creative ideas.

One would think advisors would be cognizant that the very existence of their department is on the line when they abuse students to the degree that they never graduate.

Choosing an advisor should be easy after a student has taken a few classes from each member of the department, but it is not.

There are bad thesis and dissertation advisors in every institution of higher education in every part of the world.

Bad thesis and dissertations advisors cost students thousands of dollars, many months of unnecessary toil, and, in too many cases, the graduate degree they are seeking.

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