A doctoral mentor is an adjunct faculty member who serves a student in a variety of ways in the 2nd through 4th phases of the student’s enrollment in the Ph.D. program.
During the 2nd phase (2nd year) of the program, students complete 4-6 focused, independent studies totaling 24 semester credits per academic year (maximum of 6 credits per course and 12 credits per semester). Doctoral mentors guide and evaluate the student’s coursework and are paid a stipend based on a per credit rate (currently $125 per credit per course). Although there is no absolute quantitative requirement, while mentoring student coursework, it is expected that the doctoral mentor will devote approximately 6-12 hours per credit to advising, mentoring, and providing feedback on student work.
In the 3rd and 4th phases of a student’s program, the primary role of a doctoral mentor is to serve on a student’s doctoral committee overseeing qualifying activities (e.g., comprehensive assessment, advanced methodologies and methods course, practicum, and dissertation/project proposal) and dissertation/project work. The stipend for this work is determined on a per credit basis (currently $75 per credit for a minimum of 6 credits and a maximum of 12 credits). The time commitment will normally be approximately 2-4 hours per credit per semester for each student served.
All stipends will be calculated on a per credit, per semester basis and the first half of a stipend will be paid approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the beginning of the semester and completion of all necessary employment paperwork. The second half of the stipend will usually be paid 4-6 weeks after completion of the semester and all end-of-semester documents.