Advising Experiences of First Year International Doctoral Students




advising experiences, advisor–advisee matching, doctoral students, faculty advisors, international students


The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand how international doctoral students were matched with their faculty advisors and how their advising experiences and satisfaction were shaped by their academic discipline. We applied the lens of developmental advising to situate the advising experiences of our sample because of the framework’s emphasis on holistic support and student development. We conducted individual semistructured interviews with 21 international doctoral students attending a large research-intensive university in the Southeast. Most participants were assigned to an interim advisor, but the data revealed concerning differences in the type of advising experiences and support based on academic discipline. This study contributes to the body of literature by exploring advisor–advisee matching among international doctoral students and by further analyzing how disciplinary cultures shape perceptions of satisfaction with advising.

Author Biographies

Nina Marijanovic, University of Kentucky, USA

NINA MARIJANOVIĆ is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation Department at the University of Kentucky. Her major research interests lie in the area of faculty socialization, training, and retention, with special focus on higher education institutions and policy in the Western Balkans.

Jungmin Lee, University of Kentucky, USA

JUNGMIN LEE is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation Department at the University of Kentucky. Her major research interests lie in the area of higher education policy that promotes college access and success.

Thomas Teague, University of Kentucky, USA

THOMAS W. TEAGUE, JR. is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation Department at the University of Kentucky. His major research interests lie in the area of global student mobility, spatiality, and organizational issues impacting international student support.

Sheryl F. Means, University of Kentucky, USA

SHERYL F. MEANS is a postdoctoral fellow in Africana Studies at University of New Mexico. Her major interests lie in the area of Afro-Latin America, racial identity formation, and comparative education studies


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How to Cite

Marijanovic, N., Lee, J., Teague, T., & Means, S. (2021). Advising Experiences of First Year International Doctoral Students. Journal of International Students, 11(2), 417–435.



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