Advising Partnership

Note: I am taking a limited number of major advisees in the spring of 2018. I will not be taking any double-majors as advisees. Students interested in a double-major should consult with another of several advisers available for a CS major. Any other students considering or interested in declaring a major with me as an adviser must first send me an email by March 1 with a two paragraph statement indicating their goals for an advising relationship (i.e., how they view their own needs and responsibilities, as well as their expectations of their adviser). I will then use these brief essays to inform a discussion about selecting an adviser.
Students who express interest after March 1 will be considered for advising on a case-by-case basis only if spots remain available.
Synopsis: Grinnell College affords each student the opportunity to largely define their own educational experience. Advising plays a critical role in shaping that experience. This requires a partnership between you, the student, and me, the faculty member, for crafting an experience that prepares you for the challenges and joys of life after Grinnell College.
Contacting Me
How and when to get in touch.
All about our advising partnership - motivation and responsibilities.
Links to essential documents and offices on campus.
Some of the major milestones in our partnership.
There will be many opportunities for us to work together.
Drafting a Four-Year Plan
Designing your educational program. (For Tutees)
Declaring a CS Major
Placing your studies in context.
Curricular Journal
Explaining and keeping track of your personalized curriculum.
Thoughtfully navigating this busy, critical time with ease.
Example Journals
Samples of students' reflections on course selections for pre-registration .
A final word.
Other Principles
Other information on my philosophy of advising.
Graduate School?
Why might you go? What should you know?
Registering S/D/F
Why it's not generally a good idea.
Advice from Students
Tips from students who have overcome early challenges to find academic success.

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With thanks to many who helped influence many parts of this document: Karla Erickson, Chris Hunter, Sam Rebelsky, Dan Reynolds, Laura Sinnett, Joyce Stern, John Stone, and Henry Walker.
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