Resources for Doctoral Advisors


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