First Step: Get An Advisor
Your academic advisor plays a critical role in your success as a graduate student. The associate chair of AE Graduate Programs will assign you to an academic advisor during Graduate Student Orientation. If, after that time, you change advisors, you must notify the AE School's academic program manager of that change via email.
Your academic advisor will
- help you choose classes and research problems that are in sync with your aspirations;
- introduce you to his/her lab, research, and collaborators;
- give you critical feedback to sharpen your approach to research and technical problems;
- point you to career opportunities or industry connections that match your skills and interests;.
As a supplement to your formal advisement, you may wish to join the Piazza, an online, student-run, forum set up by the School of Aerospace Engineering Student Advisory Council (SAESAC). Contact SAESAC to get connected.
Don't Miss AE Orientation
The week before classes begin, plan on attending a two-hour orientation session, hosted by the AE advising staff and associate chair. The orientation team will explain the AE School's curriculum, the procedures for registering for classes, and many other aspects of the AE graduate program. Even if you feel relatively confident about the expectations, you are encouraged to attend this session.
Faculty & Student Resources
- Review the Expectations for Advisors and Advisees (in the Georgia Tech catalog) with your graduate students, especially new ones. This document is there to help you set up mutual expectations to create a successful and productive working relationship.
- Review Effective Practices in Graduate Advising, a supplemental document to the one mentioned above.
- While your students are preparing for their qualifying exams, follow the guidance in Best Practices for Qualifying Exams(please share this link with your students as there is advice included for them).
- The new Office of Faculty Professional Development supports professional development for faculty by concentrating on topics like leadership, mentoring, writing, strategic planning, and project management. In particular, it offers workshops on improving skills for mentoring students in research on request (topics include establishing mutual expectations, maintaining effective communications, developing students’ independence, and supporting students’ career and professional development). Contact Jana Stone for more details on scheduling these workshops for your unit.
- Teaching at Georgia Tech: A Guidebook for Faculty, Instructors and TAs provides you with the Board of Regents guidelines for training TAs as well as resources available from the Center for Teaching and Learning to support your efforts. See page 96 for a checklist for TAs and TA supervisors to help clarify responsibilities as you begin the term, then Section VI for ideas for working together throughout the semester.
Student Development and Well Being:
- Encourage your graduate students to seek professional and career development opportunities.
- See Tips for faculty and staff for student well-being.
- Conflict Resolution and Ombuds services are available for students, postdocs, or faculty who may be in need of dispute resolution resources. We offer proactive programming (e.g., workshops, trainings, mediation, and consultations), as well as more formal assistance with reviewing complaints. For more information, members of the community may attend the open online office hours Fridays from 10-11a.m. at the following link, or email the assistant vice provost for Advocacy and Conflict Resolution.