Doctoral advisor moving universities
June 9, 2014 1:40 PM Subscribe
My doctoral advisor is moving universities. What do I need to know? What are good questions to ask?
posted by lullu73 to Education (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Based on some personal and professional decisions, my doctoral advisor is changing universities.
Here's the situation:
I will be ABD (fingers crossed) by the end of the summer session. My advisor and mentor (she has really been a true mentor and we have an excellent relationship) will officially resign her position from my current university on September 1st, 2014. She will still be in the area and tying up loose ends through fall semester and will leave in January 2015. She has offered two options both described below.
1) My advisor would co-advise me from her new university with one of my current committee members at my current university. My university allows me to have two outside committee members. Although, she may not be able to "hood" me in this case, but her co-advisor would.
2) She would take me with her to the new university. This would require more work because I would keep some of my original committee members, however, I would need to find at least one new committee member from the other university. I would also be offered a research position.
Some more details:
My current program is top in my field and she's also top in our field in my research area. The second university is not very highly ranked, but also has a good reputation. My current committee and I have a good working relationship. I would have more funding through option 2, as well as the research position that I would prefer. I would have less funding through option 1, and a teaching position which I don't mind, but is more time consuming than the research position.
I am heavily leaning towards option 1 mostly for personal reasons, but also it seems easiest academically. However, I want to make sure I'm not missing important questions that should be addressed. So my questions are: What do I need to know? What are good questions for me to ask?