Bennington's teacher-practitioner model means that students work in close collaboration with faculty members who themselves are actively practicing in their fields. The many ways in which faculty create new work and pose new questions make them models for students, who in turn and over time create work and pose questions of their own.
As advisors, the faculty are both mentors and guides. They oversee the unfolding of the Plan Process by helping students discover their distinctive intellectual passions and figure out how these interests might shape an education of depth, breadth, and rigor. Through ongoing conversation, in one-on-one advising sessions and as part of Plan Committees, faculty help students steer their work in the most compelling directions.