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). 

Effectively Guiding Your Students for Different Writing Projects

Date: February 27, 2019
Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m

Supervision and mentorship of graduate students generally requires a significant amount of interaction and time on writing projects, including theses, academic papers, and writing for different audiences.  This session will provide advice on how to best guide students through writing, use your time effectively to edit and guide revisions in writing, and support students' learning about writing through their graduate programs.


Presenter: Roger Graves, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and Associate Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta. 

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, February 18, 2019 at  4 p.m.

Please RSVP

Fostering Creativity in Your Graduate Students and in Your Productive Relationship

Date: Mar 22, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

In this workshop learn how to entice and spark creativity in your graduate students as you work together on projects.  Megan Strickfaden, an award winning graduate student mentor, will share with you different thought exercises that have prompted her graduate students to be brave to ask the hard questions in their research, integrate novel methods, listen to their own curiosity and passion, and feel enthusiastic about their working relationship with Megan.  The dynamic between supervisor and graduate student can be one of the most exciting in our professions, where intellectual discovery and the pursuit of knowledge can be a rewarding shared endeavor.

Presenter: Megan Strickfaden, PhD, Professor, Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences-Human Ecology

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 Mar. 15, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Please RSVP