Supervision of undergraduate and graduate independent study and advising of graduate theses, dissertations, and final projects are not counted formally as a portion of the teaching load of faculty members; they are, however, considered an important academic responsibility and are taken into account in terms of salary setting and in the evaluation of faculty for the purposes of promotion and tenure. Such activities are therefore required and should be fully documented and included in the annual Faculty Annual Report. Serving as a director of research for a graduate student's doctoral dissertation or as a member of a doctoral research or advisory committee is one of the most significant academic responsibilities a faculty member can undertake.
Student Academic Advising
The Office of Music Advising and Records Services (Merrill Hall 011) is led by the director of graduate studies and the director of undergraduate studies who, along with undergraduate and graduate advisors, are available to students and faculty for advising and consultation. Faculty members of the Jacobs School of Music have always been generous with their time and energies in providing academic advising for our students during the various student orientations and continuing student registration periods. We can be proud that our faculty make themselves available for advice on courses and career counseling during these times. Students should be able to make appointments with faculty to discuss curricular and career questions.
Although academic advising is not counted officially in a faculty member's teaching load, it is considered university service and is taken into account when salary increases and promotion and tenure decisions are being made.