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Thread: My supervisor has been ignoring me for months

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07-Jan-13, 06:00
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Also, guys - I know some of you think I am being impatient. I have worked closely with this guy for 5 years. I know his patterns. The only time he ignores anything is when he has bad news. He is extremely conflict avoidant.

Let;s say that he can't supervise anymore. How hard is getting someone new at this stage? I mean will it be a huge setback time wise? I also dread to think how few people really know anything about the field I am doing my PhD in. It seems like insurmountable task right now.

Thread: My supervisor has been ignoring me for months

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06-Jan-13, 20:18
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Well I am not a mind reader. He should have put up an away message which takes 2 seconds and what he always did before.

I had every right to look for response before taking other steps which I will now do.

Thread: My supervisor has been ignoring me for months

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06-Jan-13, 19:53
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I know I may be hassling him but a whole month is crucial towards the end. If he only responded with one sentence "I am busy now but will look into it mid-January" -which is the type of thing he did in the past.

Thread: My supervisor has been ignoring me for months

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06-Jan-13, 15:14
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He actually told me that he is not taking any annual leave this year - and he is the type to promptly responds to e-mails even on annual leave (he has done it every year so far). He also sets up "away till" message when you e-mail him and he is away. I never got "away" message now....Something is wrong here.

Thread: My supervisor has been ignoring me for months

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06-Jan-13, 14:54
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Long story short, I am in my 6th year of PhD part time (my final year). I have a tiny bit of data analysis left but mostly need to write it all up.

My supervisor is going through a divorce and used that as an excuse to not come to work much in recent months. I was patient and understanding of his situation. He has slowed down his supervision a bit, although still responded to my e-mails and had meetings with me (although less frequent than before).

This brings me to a month ago. I send him a chapter draft to read and he didn't respond to that email at all. Then 2 weeks after that, I sent him another e-mail to let me know when he will be able to read my chapter - no response. This was all very unlike him. I sent him a third e-mail just wishing him and his family happy new year - no response. I am now getting really annoyed. I feel like my PhD is not moving forward because of him and he doesn't even have decency to respond (which is very unlike him). I decided to text him on the phone (in an off case that e-mail isn't working). I basically told him that I haven't heard from him in a while and to let me know if he still wants to supervise or if not, to let me know ASAP so that I can find other arrangements. This is via text, I got a "read" receipt 5 hours ago and NO RESPONSE.

At this point I dunno what to do. I suspect that he doesn't want to or can't supervise me anymore - it's possible he got another job. STILL, I feel that I need to be told. I resent that I am losing precious time because he doesn't have the balls to tell me :(

1. What should my next move be?
2. If he indeed leaves and doesn't want me to follow him, what happens to me in terms of supervision at this late stage?
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