Resources for Doctoral Advisors


Compiled by Sara Saylor, University Writing Center, UT Austin.


These are pedagogical resources to help faculty members with mentoring doctoral students.

For additional support with teaching, visit UT’s Faculty Innovation Center & Writing Flag Center.

Handbooks for Doctoral Advisors

Barbara Kamler and Pat Thompson, Helping Doctoral Students Write: Pedagogies for Supervision, Second Edition (2014)

Bruce Shore, The Graduate Advisor Handbook: A Student-Centered Approach (2014)

Brian Paltridge and Sue Starfield, Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Supervisors (2007)

Steve Simpson, Nigel Caplan, Michelle Cox, & Talinn Philips, Supporting Graduate Student Writers: Research, Curriculum, & Program Design (2016)

Darla Twale, A Faculty Guide to Advising and Supervising Graduate Students (2015)

Barbara Lovitts, Making the Implicit Explicit: Creating Performance Expectations for the Dissertation (2007)

Lynne McAlpine and Cheryl Amundsen, Doctoral Education: Research-Based Strategies for Doctoral Students, Supervisors and Administrators (2011)

George Walker et al., The Formation of Scholars: Rethinking DoctoralEducation for the Twenty-First Century (2008)

Adrian Wallwork, English for Academic Research: A Guide for Teachers (2016)

Claire Aitchison, Barbara Kamler, & Alison Lee, Publishing Pedagogies for the Doctorate and Beyond (2010)

Online guides:

Council of Graduate Schools’ PhD Completion Project: Promising Practices for Mentoring and Advising

University of Michigan Mentoring Guide

University of Illinois Faculty Toolkit

University of Nebraska Mentoring Resources

University of Hawaii Mentoring Guide

UNC Charlotte – Faculty Guide to Graduate Mentoring

MIT: Best Practices in Graduate Advising

Stanford Advising Guide

Arizona University Faculty Advising Toolkit

Arizona State University: Read Statements from Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award Recipients 

Vanderbilt Mentoring Guide

Northwestern University: Best Practices in Mentoring