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.


2019-2020 Mentorship Academy Sessions

As part of the Mentorship Academy, FGSR offers workshops and talks for graduate administrators (including coordinators, associate chairs, and deans) and faculty members (including post-doctoral fellows). One recent presenter, Dr. Suzanne Ortega, led a stimulating discussion on "How to Nurture a Culture of Wellbeing for Graduate Students" (Nov. 14); our last speaker, Jennifer Ward (Jan. 29), offered her reflections on "Conceptualizing Mentorship through a Decolonial and Indigenized Framework". Following are the details of our most recent talk.


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Lionel Laroche

February 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Culturally different people don't just speak a different language or have an accent, they think and communicate differently because they were taught different mental models of how the world works and how people should interact with one another. This workshop examines how these differences can create challenges for faculty members who supervise graduate students who are culturally different from them and provide concrete, practical suggestions to bridge the gap.

The University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is excited to offer faculty, staff and students this opportunity to hear from thought-provoking, cross cultural trainer and consultant Dr. Lionel Laroche. As Lionel's sessions in previous years were so engaging and people were excited to have some tools they could put into practice, we have asked him to come back again.

Over the past 20+ years, Lionel has provided cross-cultural training and coaching services to over 120,000 people in 20 countries. Lionel has presented to students, staff and faculty members at universities across Canada, the US, and overseas. His presentations are informative, thought-provoking and practical; they are built on his own experience as a foreign student who obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, and the shared experiences of people he has coached or trained over the years. Lionel is the author of over 100 publications, examining the impact of cultural differences on organizations.