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Advisement for graduate students is handled by the department within which the graduate program is located. Initial advising for prospective graduate students is handled by the department chairperson. A chart of the graduate programs by department and the initial contact person for each program along with his or her contact information is located below.

Graduate Advisor

Before obtaining a graduate advisor, you must be admitted to graduate studies. Applications for admission may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies. An application form is also included within the Graduate Catalog. When completed, the form must be returned to the Office of Graduate Studies, Campus Box 8075, Idaho State University, and Pocatello, Idaho 83209. Some programs have additional admission requirements. Please review the departmental sections of the Graduate Catalog for any additional requirements. If you have questions, about admission contact the Office of Graduate Studies (see related link), or the respective department office.

Depending on the department, program, and your degree-seeking status, the department chairperson will serve as your initial graduate advisor or a faculty member in your program area will be assigned by the chairperson to serve as your graduate advisor based on your academic interests. To obtain an advisor, see the contact person for your program listed in the chart above. Your graduate adviser will help you to plan an initial program of study and begin taking graduate courses. You should meet with your advisor at least once each semester. You should also keep your department informed each semester about your status as a continuing graduate student.

Major Advisor

A major advisor serves to help a graduate degree candidate to complete a final program of study. See the Graduate Student Handbook for your program for guidance on advising for thesis, dissertation, or culminating project, because this varies depending on the requirements of the degree program. As early in the program as possible, degree candidates should evaluate professors in the degree program, who have similar interests and with whom they are comfortable, as a potential major advisor. For some programs the options may be limited due to the number of program faculty members or the number of program faculty members available who have earned graduate faculty status. The selection of a major advisor is usually by mutual agreement, but in some cases, a major advisor may be appointed. Frequently, the candidate’s graduate advisor becomes the major advisor, but this is not always the case. Determination of your major advisor, and in consultation with your major advisor, determination of your other graduate committee members, is essential for submission and approval of your final plan of study.

As soon as it is practicable, discuss the specific requirements of your degree program with your major advisor to develop a timeline for your thesis, dissertation, or culminating project, and a plan for when you will take your comprehensive examinations, if required. Plan to meet regularly with your major advisor as your work progresses.

Graduate Departments

Organizational Learning and Performance (OLP)


Karen Wilson Scott, Ph.D.
Department Chair & Professor
Phone: (208)282-4519 or Phone: (208)282-7967

School Psychology and Educational Leadership (SPEL)


Mark Neill, Ph.D.
Department Chair & Associate Professor
Phone: (208) 282-5646

Sport Science and Physical Education (SSPE)


Karen Appleby, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Phone: (208) 282-5613

Teaching and Educational Studies (TES)


Beverly Ray, Ph.D.
Department Chair & Professor
Phone: (208) 282-4516

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