New Book on Advising and Mentoring Doctoral Students by UM Faculty Member Susan Gardner

Did you know that only a little over half of all doctoral students will complete their degrees?  Did you know that a positive relationship with the doctoral advisor has been repeatedly found to be a significant predictor of doctoral student retention and completion?

Most faculty who advise doctoral students do so in one of two ways: Emulate their own advisor (because it was a good experience) or do the exact opposite of their own advisor (because it was a poor one). Rarely are faculty provided with guidance, professional development, or even research related to how to best advise doctoral students. This handbook, written by two experts on doctoral education, provides evidence-based practices, policies, and resources to assist faculty advisors and their doctoral advisees.

To read the new book by UM Faculty Member Susan Gardner about Advising and Mentoring Doctoral Students, find it on