The Doctoral StudentOs Advisor and Mentor: Sage Advice from the Experts

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This book focuses on using faculty mentoring to empower doctoral students to successfully complete their doctoral studies. The book is a collection of mentoring chapters showcasing professors and dissertation advisors from the most prestigious universities in the United States. They provide an extraordinary range of mentoring advice that speaks directly to the doctoral student. Each chapter addresses a professional or personal component of the doctoral process that represents how these exceptional faculty best mentor their doctoral students. Faculty contributions exemplify diverse perspectives of mentoring: (a) Some faculty are direct and forthright, pointing the mentee toward his/her destination; (b) some faculty share personal experiences-offering mentoring advice from the perspective of someone who traveled a similar path; and (c) some faculty structure a dialogue between the faculty as mentor and you as the doctoral student. In all cases, they open possibilities for achieving success in doctoral studies.
Students discover clues to follow during their doctoral journey. Whether the student is just beginning to think about entering a doctoral program, presently taking course studies, under stress, and doesn't know what the future offers, this is an ideal book because it maps the entire doctoral process.

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Raymond L. Calabrese is a professor of educational administration in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership at the Ohio State University. Calabrese is the author of five books and coauthor of four books. His recent stand alone books include The Dissertation Desk Reference; The Elements of an Effective Dissertation and Thesis; and The Leadership Assignment.
Page A. Smith is a professor of educational leadership and policy studies and associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).


The doctoral degree is distinguished from most other graduate study by the significant role and importance of mentoring. In The Doctoral Students' Advisor and Mentor, the authors speak to nascent doctoral candidates with important advice on negotiating and securing maximum benefit from those studiers. An all-star team of faculty from across America's prominent doctoral universities share their insights and advice for those eager to maximize the effectiveness of their doctoral education. (Jon M. Engelhardt, dean, School of Education, Baylor University)

The Doctoral Students' Advisor and Mentor provides two gloves: one for the mentor and one for the doctoral student, so both can work more warmly and more effectively together. It is the manual most first generation graduate students have been desperate for forever, and it does what few others do-it speaks to developing the mentor as well. I wish my daughter had this book when she started her PhD program, and I'll make sure she has it when she starts her role as a faculty member and mentor! (Cheryl Achterberg, dean, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University)

Thinking about applying to a doctoral program? Are you in a doctoral program but facing challenges? Stressed out as a doctoral student but do not know how to prevent stress, reduce it, or cope with it? Twenty-five professors and dissertation advisors from prestigious universities mentor the reader through the doctoral degree process. The Doctoral Students' Advisor and Mentor is a treasure of sage advice and will assist students and mentors in successfully experiencing the exciting and challenging journey of doctoral study. (Ric A. Hovda, dean and professor, College of Education, San Diego State University)

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