PU MFA Advisor GUide
1. Academic calendar can be found: here.
2. Please complete a teaching application if you haven’t here.
3. Questions or concerns about an advisee please us by email here
4. Course Modules are here
5. Password for access to Transart website and student blogs: ti18
Once you’ve approved your student’s proposal, the two of you decide how you want to work together and when your meetings will take place. You may work wherever and however you like. Your student is responsible for making the arrangements with you. A minimum of the equivalent of two full meetings with extensive critique must take place each semester. We recommend that you agree in writing how you will work and when you will meet in advance of the semester. You can always change the dates later. You will find a 150 word response to your critique on your student’s Transart blog after each of the two required meetings each semester. If your student does not make arrangements for these meetings or you have concerns contact us here.
You will approve your student’s proposal in the summer. S/he will read and write the intro in the fall independently. Spring semester the intro will be sent you by email for comments followed by a draft and final paper (approx. 10 pages for first year, 20 for second year). To put their research in context find studio documentation here. Inline comments and corrections do not need to be provided. An approximately 300 word critique or assessment with suggested additional references will suffice. Please do not edit your students papers. You should expect a few email questions in advance. It’s fine to suggest readings but it is the student’s responsibility to generate their bibliography. If they have trouble with searches they know to contact the PU librarian for a consultation. If you have concerns contact us here.
Extensions: Students can’t be late with an assignment without an approved PU extension form. If you cannot meet your students or evaluation deadlines please let us know as soon as possible so we can arrange for a new advisor. We understand that other professional obligations may come up, it’s not a problem to reassign a student but we ask that you let us know right away so the student has an advisor available at all times.
Proposals: Changes must be approved by you. Student emails you and uploads the revised proposal on their blog.
Evaluations: You will be emailed a link to an online form. Your evaluation will take the form of a one page letter which you will also email your student. One evaluation per semester. No grades.
Payment: The honorarium remains at $500 per semester. Payment will be made in the payment cycle following the final evaluation due date.