As soon I enrolled in a PhD program my university assigned me a faculty advisor, and since then we have never communicated with each other as I don’t know what is the role of a faculty advisor? When should I approach him? Will he help me with my research?
Roles of a faculty advisor:
To be an active representative for the student assigned to him.
To encourage openness, honesty, and commitment by maintaining regular communication with executive board members, and with the students.
To help the student in every way he can.
A faculty advisor is a staff member who provides support and guidance to the PhD students. The advisor not only serves as a representative but also as a student advocate. An advisor is the one who gives ideas, shares insight, provides a different perspective and encourages the students.