Recommendations for Improving Graduate Adviser-Advisee Communication

TitleRecommendations for Improving Graduate Adviser-Advisee Communication
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMcCuen, RH, Akar, G, Gifford, IA, Srikantaiah, D
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number10523928
Accession Number44193677
KeywordsCAREER , COMMUNICATION , ENGINEERING , Faculty , Graduate , professional , research , STUDENTS , Universities
AbstractThis article reports the results of a survey of more than 100 graduate students looking at how they communicate with their advisors. The authors found that advisees appreciate an adviser’s concern, pressure, and timely feedback. However, graduate students would like their advisers to be more sensitive to their lack of technical knowledge. Feedback from the advisee to the adviser can increase the likelihood of effective communication. In addition, advisers need to better guide their students in career building aspects during the Ph.D. process The authors conclude with a number of recommendations on how communications between advisors and advisees can be improved.
NotesMcCuen, Richard H. 1; Email Address: Akar, Gulsah 2 Gifford, Ian A. 3 Srikantaiah, Deepa 4; Affiliation: 1: The Ben Dyer Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 2: Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 3: Graduate Research Assistant, Fischell Dept. of Bioengineering, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 4: Ph.D. Candidate, International Education Policy Program, College of Education, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742; Source Info: Oct2009, Vol. 135 Issue 4, p153; Subject Term: GRADUATE students; Subject Term: FACULTY advisors; Subject Term: COMMUNICATION -- Social aspects; Subject Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges -- Graduate work; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL education; Subject Term: CAREER development; Author-Supplied Keyword: Communication; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Graduate study; Author-Supplied Keyword: Professional development; Author-Supplied Keyword: Research; Author-Supplied Keyword: Students; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624310 Vocational Rehabilitation Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611430 Professional and Management Development Training; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; Number of Pages: 8p; Illustrations: 6 Charts; Document Type: Article
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