Resources for Faculty and Staff

Mentorship Academy Workshops

High quality supervision and mentorship is central to an institution committed to seeing their graduate students flourish in their careers and in the contributions they make to the public good. A commitment to high quality supervision and mentorship is also tied to the value educators have to the continued expression of human potential in creative and intellectual pursuits. (See Krogman Report on Graduate Supervision for more information.)

Our ever-changing world is reflected on our campus. The increasing diversity of our students, the increasing interdisciplinary nature of academic research, the increasing number of students not on tenure track career paths and the development of graduate student-professor relationships as co-learners are just some examples. Thankfully, there is knowledge available to help navigate the changes and ensure successful mentorship relationships. To stay current as mentors, supervisors of graduate student require ongoing professional development.  

The goal of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research’s Mentorship Academy is to support supervisors of graduate students and foster a University of Alberta community of faculty members and staff committed to high quality supervision and mentorship of graduate students.

FGSR Mentorship Academy Lunch and Learn Workshops

As part of the Mentorship Academy, FGSR offers lunch and learn workshops for graduate administrators (including coordinators, associate chairs and deans) and faculty members (including post-doctoral fellows). 

Effective Communication and Constructive Conflict

Date: May 6, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Communication is the essence of graduate student supervision and can make the difference between success or failure. This interactive session will lay out strategies for communicating in a way that foster trusts, respect and creative exchange. Gain insight and practical tools for making the most of your time and energy when working with graduate students.

Presenter: Lynn Kirkland, Diet Coordinator, Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes and room capacity. You will receive a calendar invite with the room number information, please indicate 'yes' to confirm your attendance and ensure it will be added to your calendar.

RSVP will close when event reaches capacity or on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 4 p.m.


The Good Candidacy and the Good Defense

Date: May 27, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The PhD candidacy exam is likely the most important exam in a student’s career. Few students have encountered this style of exam as delivered by a collection of their intellectual mentors. Uncertainty, confusion and anxiety of students and inexperienced faculty are common. Clearer and better communicated rules, administrative procedures, and expectations will reduce the distraction of nerves and distorted interpretations. The ideal candidacy will allow student performance and growth to be the primary focus of exam outcomes.


In this workshop we also present the University’s system of supporting candidacy exams and draw on the experiences and suggestions of participating faculty members. We will discuss “must-follow” guidelines as well as the gray areas that require some subjectivity and building of consensus. Many of these same principles will be applied to the "good defense". The content of this workshop will cover the “before, during, and after” of PhD candidacy exams and thesis defenses.

Presenters:
John A. Nychka, PhD, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and Professor, Chemical & Materials Engineering
Lee Foote, PhD, Director, University of Alberta, Devonian Botanic Garden, and Professor, Renewable Resources.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes and room capacity. You will receive a calendar invite with the room number information, please indicate 'yes' to confirm your attendance and ensure it will be added to your calendar.

RSVP will close when event reaches capacity or on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 4 p.m.