Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Q&A Wednesday: Contacting Advisors

What is the best way to contact my advisor?

The best method of communication varies among professors so don't be afraid to ask your advisor what the preferred method is. For some (i.e., Dr. Flint, Dr. Manasse, Dr. Peterson), E-mail is usually the quickest way to receive a response. For others (i.e., Dr. Klein), speaking in person is preferred. Our e-mailing professors generally respond within 24 hours.

If you are sending an especially important/time-sensitive E-mail, don'’t hesitate to add a "read receipt" or ask for confirmation via E-mail! There have been times when E-mails sent to our professors are not received (no fault of theirs; strictly a faulty CSULA network server) so make sure you follow up for important issues! If at all possible, avoid following up at the last second.

Alternatively, the COMD front desk has an appointment book where you can reserve a meeting time with your advisor, sans Dr. Klein. Please set up a time with Dr. Klein in person.


Do you have a question that you would like answered? Leave us a “comment” with your question, and we will answer it! This is truly a genuine scenario of “there are no stupid questions” so ask away! Your questions can be “anonymous” (just don’t put in your real name where it asks for your name).


  1. Anonymous12:56 PM

    What if I get pregnant during grad school? Will I have to drop out?

  2. Very good question and thank you for asking! A response will be posted soon! Keep checking back! :)