Why it’s important to know what kind of supervision you’ll get in your doctoral program

Fortunately, I had a great supervisor in my doctoral program and really enjoyed every aspect of the experience. Talking with some other doctoral students, though, this comic isn’t too far off the mark. If you’re interested in doctoral programs, make sure you know what kind of track record your prospective supervisor has when it comes to actually supervising students.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on September 19, 2010, in Humor and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thanks for this. I’ve heard of stories like this too, unfortunately. I’m actually applying for a PhD program right now (research style, in Australia); I’ve talked everything over with my prospective supervisor, and he seems very reliable and trustworthy (and I have it on good word that he is). How could he not be, he’s a Barth/Torrance scholar ūüėČ .

  2. No, John McDowell. Have you heard of him?

  3. Sound advice, choose your supervisor first then your subject. One subject is pretty much as good as another, you can always research the other thing later, but the same cannot be said of supervisors!

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