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Communicating Effectively with Your Advisor

Want to learn skills to communicate better and resolve issues with your faculty advisor?

VPGE’s Communicating Effectively with Your Advisor workshop helps you develop a healthy and productive relationship with your faculty advisor. VPGE also offers workshops for faculty upon request.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this workshop, you will:

  • appreciate the goals you and your advisor share
  • understand different communication styles
  • learn strategies to manage meetings and communications with your advisor

Program Description

Your relationship with your faculty advisor is essential part of your graduate school experience. Your advisor can teach and inspire you, just as you can teach and inspire your advisor.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn communication, management, and negotiation skills that will help you work effectively with your advisor. You will also learn about resources to help you set expectations with your advisor and get the feedback you need to succeed in grad school.

Students report that this workshop helped them significantly improve their working relationships with their advisors - increased productivity and reduced stress. These approaches will also help you throughout your career.

Developed by the Graduate School at Michigan State University and modified by VPGE, this interactive workshop has been presented to students and faculty at universities around the country for the last decade.


Workshops are offered several times a year as part of VPGE’s programs, such as Quick Bytes or Fellows Forum. We also offer customized workshops for departments or programs as a VPGE Pop-up Workshop – offered as a parallel workshop for faculty.

Time Commitment

< 3 hours

Grad Grow Competencies

teaching & mentoring
 Leadership & Management

Events in this Program

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