Your preceptor will be your primary contact for information about classes, professors, planning your year and academic life generally. MAPH's preceptors are outstanding graduate students, advanced in their doctoral programs, and thus they are extremely well-placed to help you navigate this institution and graduate work in general.
All MAPH students also meet with an Autumn advisor in the weeks before Autumn quarter classes begin. The Autumnn advisor is a faculty member who can provide invaluable information about what classes will help you toward your personal academic goals. The Director and Deputy Director also hold office hours and are available to you for advising concerning the program and your academic work. The Associate Director, Program Coordinator and the MAPH Mentors also bring a wide range of expertise and experience and are always ready to talk with you about academic and other matters. The entire MAPH staff is committed to helping you navigate the University and the city at large.
MAPH's Writing Advisor
In graduate school, writing must achieve aims and meet demands different from those required of undergraduate or non-academic writing. MAPH's Writing Advisor gives a series of lectures throughout the year and meets with students one-on-one to help them adapt to those particular aims and demands. MAPH emphasizes writing not only because students will be evaluated through written assignments, but also because many students will enter professional academic communities whose members engage each other's work primarily through writing. The writing advisor also serves on the faculty of the Committee on Creative Writing and can advise MAPH students on creative projects.