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05/22/2024

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I'm not sure. Something I would take seriously in making this decision is just the value of going with the advisor's recommendation, so as to make sure the student gets a smoothly-operating committee. And if you're interested in mentoring this student, you can give them feedback on drafts even if you're not a committee member.

don't do it

It probably isn't in the student's interest to have you on the committee. First, it is a bit too insular, given you graduated from that place (How many years ago?). Second, the student should be working with the current faculty there. Third, if you are currently in a non-TT job, or a lower ranked department, it will do little to help the student on the job market.

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