...this time it's Rachel Swinkin, with a dissertation on animal rights and the age of sensibility. This is definitely the best part of the process. It's psychologically good for me, personally, as I can become a benevolent uncle to the whole project, with some benign neglect. My advising arc for Ph.Ds goes:
—steersman (prospectus stage)
—mortal combatant (prospectus stage 2)
—fussy bastard (individual chapters)
—benign neglector (finishing)
—staunch ally (job market)
Undergrad teaching is sort of grandfatherly. Graduate teaching is more like talking to much younger siblings. Ph.D. work is martial arts. I'm trying to kill you. You have to figure out how to survive. Only kidding...