Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 297–315 | Cite as

The Role of Doctoral Advisors: A Look at Advising from the Advisor’s Perspective

  • Benita J. BarnesEmail author
  • Ann E. Austin


The doctoral advisor is said to be one of the most important persons—if not the single most critical person—with whom doctoral students will develop a relationship during their doctoral degree programs (Baird 1995). However, we have limited knowledge regarding how doctoral advisors see their roles and responsibilities as advisors. Therefore, through in-depth interviews, we explored the perceptions of 25 exemplary doctoral advisors, who have graduated a large number of doctoral students, about their roles and responsibilities as advisors. We conclude this article with implications for doctoral education.

Key words

doctoral education advising advisor roles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational Policy, Research, and AdministrationUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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