Primary guidance in the planning and execution of the projects undertaken by Senior Fellows lies with the principal advisor, with the co-advisor serving to add breadth. Each advisor must be in the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor, and must hold an appointment not less than half-time. Normally the principal advisor and the co-advisor shall not be from a single discipline. Principal advisors who expect their duties to be burdensome may ask the Dean, in consultation with the departmental chair, to review their total commitments.
If a student applying for a Senior Fellowship asks you to serve as a Principal Advisor or Co-Advisor, please consider carefully the responsibilities of the position before agreeing to serve. Your letter of recommendation for the applicant should address not only the quality of the proposed project and the ability of the applicant to complete it successfully, but also your own ability and willingness to undertake these duties.
The Principal Advisor meets with the Fellow on a regular schedule throughout the fellowship year. Although the frequency of meetings varies somewhat by discipline, we advise Fellows that three hours of meetings per week with their advisors is appropriate. Co-advisors normally meet less frequently but still regularly.
If you expect to be away from Hamilton for an appreciable length of time during either of the two academic semesters of the coming year, you probably should not accept the position of Principal Advisor, though you may still be able to serve as a Co-Advisor if you can arrange a schedule of meetings.
In addition, these Principal Advisor and Co-Advisor(s) have the following duties:
If you have questions about the responsibilities of advising a Senior Fellow, please call or email Herm Lehman, Director of the Senior Fellowship Program (email@example.com, x4298).