Dissertation advisor: Caroline Smith

If you are reading this, you are a post-graduate student and convinced that your Dissertation Advisor hates you. You are already into the dissertation process and the pages of your early drafts are covered in either red ink or, you suspect, blood - because the look in your Dissertation Advisor's eyes is suspiciously like the look you have seen in the eyes of Bella Lugosi, in late-night television horror movies. You keep telling yourself you are a brave and courageous, adult professional. It isn't working. All it takes is the thought of your Dissertation Advisor for you to be instantly transported back to the insecurities of a first-grader on the first day of school. This will never do. There is no way you can survive two, or more, years of this. Something has to be done!

Strategy #4: Attempt to make your Dissertation Advisor a friend/mentor

A reference letter from a thesis or dissertation advisor evaluating the merits of the proposed project and discussing the contributions of the student to his/her field (i.e., presentations, papers, awards, or other evidence of scholarly superiority), and a statement confirming that the students dissertation approval has been approved.


Dissertation advisor: Joan Bybee

Pattanaik and Ghosh Receive the First Annual Dissertation Advisor/Mentor Awards

Chances are, there is someone on your Committee whom you like and trust. Taking your problem to them is a good option. You might be able to work something out so that they can take over as your Dissertation Advisor without causing too much of a fuss. If your Dissertation Advisor truly doesn't like you, or doesn't like your work, they would probably be as happy to get rid of you as you would be to get rid of them.