Faculty Mentors

Mentors Matter!

They can connect you with a broader network of international affairs professionals and can encourage you to take advantage of enriching academic and career opportunities. 

Every incoming Pardee student is assigned a Pardee School professor as a faculty mentor. Our most successful students are those who proactively work to build and maintain a relationship with their mentor.

For Undergraduates

First-year students and incoming transfer students will receive your mentor assignment early in the fall semester.  Your first opportunity to meet your mentor is the Welcome Back, Pardee event, typically hosted in the first week of September.

Following this event you are encouraged to meet with your mentor occasionally throughout your first year on campus. You should take the initiative to visit your mentor during their office hours or arrange an appointment.  

At the end of your first year you may choose to continue this relationship, you may seek out a new mentor of your choosing, or you may choose not to have a mentor at all.  

Your Faculty Mentor and Undergraduate Academic Advisor are here to support your success at Pardee.  While some of the information you discuss with us will be similar, we suggest meeting with us based on the list of topics below.

Faculty Mentor Undergraduate Academic Advisor
How To Be a Successful Student Pre-Registration Meetings/Course Selection
Connecting with Other Professors How to Choose IR tracks
Intersection of Coursework and Careers Study Abroad Advising & Forms
Research Opportunities Dropping/Adding Courses
Internship Questions Transfer Credits
Career Advice Graduation Checks
Honors Program Academic Credit Concerns
Graduate School Personal Concerns e.g. (health, financial)

For any questions about faculty mentors for undergraduates, please reach out to the Undergraduate Office at psgugrad@bu.edu.

For Graduates

All Pardee graduate students have a faculty mentor to advise them on their future as global affairs professionals. Incoming students are assigned a Pardee faculty member as their mentor early in their first semester at Pardee. Your first opportunity to meet your mentor will be at the Welcome Back, Pardee event, typically held during the first week of September.  Students are encouraged to reach out to your their faculty mentors to introduce themselves and set up an initial meeting, once assignments have been announced.  

While every incoming student has an assigned mentor, faculty mentor roles are meant to change over time. For some students, your initial mentor may be the professor you work with through a Research Assistantship.  For students completing an MA paper, their faculty mentor will eventually become the professor they choose to be their MA Paper advisor, for example. Additionally, students are encouraged to build relationships with all Pardee faculty members, inside and outside the classroom, and to take full advantage of the knowledge and expertise Pardee faculty offer. 

Your Faculty Mentor and Academic Advisor are here to support your success at Pardee.  While some of the information you discuss with us will be similar, we suggest meeting with us based on the list of topics below.

Faculty Mentor Academic Advisor
How To Be a Successful Student Pre-Registration Meetings/Course Selection
Connecting with Other Professors MAIA and MGP Specializations
Intersection of Coursework and Careers Course Petitions
Research Opportunities Dropping/Adding Courses
MA Paper or MGP Capstone Project Academic Support Services
Career Advice Graduation Checks
Additional Graduate Degrees Personal Concerns e.g. (health, financial)

For any questions about faculty mentors, please reach out to the Graduate Office at psgsgrad@bu.edu