The Advising Relationship
Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues, especially pertaining to philosophy. You may seek advice and support on other matters, such as student health, legal issues, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, academic accommodations and more. Your faculty advisor's role is to give you advice on academic matters, but she can point you to other resources at UVM to address any non-academic concerns. The College of Arts and Sciences Student Services can also help you to identify the resources most likely to meet your needs.
Advising in the Philosophy Department
When you declare a philosophy major, you will be assigned to an individual faculty advisor, who will provide assistance on the following topics:
- course selection
- fulfilling the requirements of the major
- general distribution and minor requirements within CAS
- planning for off-campus studies, internships and other opportunities
- navigating the Four-Year Plan
- career ideas and opportunities
All advisors hold regular office hours; please check the faculty list to see your advisor's availability and contact information.
Students are responsible for
- establishing professional relationships with their advisors, starting early in their time at UVM
- meeting with their advisors if and when they need information and guidance; and
- requesting that they be assigned new advisors if that is necessary or appropriate.
Faculty advisors are responsible for
- reaching out to new advisees via email communication;
- posting and attending regular office hours;
- meeting with their advisees if and when information and guidance is needed
- making themselves familiar with academic requirements and resources for their advisees.
Philosophy minors or students considering a minor/major who would like advice are welcome to make an appointment with the department chair or to reach out informally to professors they know in the department.
Advisor Changes due to Leave
If and when your advisor goes on sabbatical or other leave, you will be assigned temporarily to another faculty member until your advisor returns and resumes duties. If you are being reassigned, the department's administrator will email you to let you know who your acting advisor is.
Student-Initiated Advisor Changes
If for any reason you would like to change your advisor, please contact the department chair.
Frequently Asked Questions