QUICK REFERENCE TO ANSWERS TO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
How do I find the right advisor for me?
What is the student supposed to learn from the advisor?
What are the advisor's responsibilities?
How can I change research advisors?
The research advisor, who typically also chairs the T/D committee, is the starting point for this discussion. Since the more common practice is to give students some voice in research advisor selection, it is valuable to know what that individual is supposed to do and how to make constructive contact with potential research advisors to assess their interests and comparability. We agree with Allen (1973), who said,
Since you may be working with this committee for an extended period of time, you should-if at all possible-attempt to influence the selection of a committee that increases your chances of completing a high-quality research paper in the time you have allotted for the task. (p. 30)
Others have since advised or implied the same notion (Krathwohl, 1988; Meloy, 2002).