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 Fall 2018 Lunch and Learn Workshops

As part of the Mentorship Academy, FGSR will be offering two lunch and learn workshops for Fall 2018 for graduate administrators (including coordinators, associate chairs and deans) and faculty members (including post-doctoral fellows).

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes and room capacity. You will receive a calendar invite, please confirm your attendance to ensure it will be added to your calendar. If you have dietary restrictions, please inform us.

What is a Good Mentor?  - This session is full - 

Date: Oct. 22, 2018
Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m
Location: Tory 3-36 *New Location*

While mentorship is more art than science, there are proven steps you can take to help ensure a successful supervisor-student relationship. This session will address the features of a good supervisor and a good mentor.  Common best practices as well as rules of thumb will be covered around fruitful graduate student - mentor relationships, as well as exercises to prompt self-reflection among supervisors about their own approaches to mentorship and ways they wish to improve. Participants will gain access to a google folder to be able to take the material from this workshop back to their own programs or departments.

Presenter: Naomi Krogman, PhD, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research


How to Have Career Conversations with Your Graduate Students

Date: Nov. 19, 2018
Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m 
Location: Tory 3-36 

In a recent University of Alberta survey, only 28% of current PhD student respondents listed their career goal as professor. As a supervisor, you are well-suited to have career conversations with your graduate students and provide them with the knowledge, support and leadership they are seeking but may feel you don't have enough information.

This session will equip you with an understanding of why you are ideally positioned to have career conversations with your students and will provide fundamentals for supporting an effective conversation. You will leave the workshop knowing that you can play a key role in providing meaningful support for your students’ professional aspirations and will have a better understanding of why these conversations are critical to your students' success. Tools and tips will be shared to help you start, engage, and navigate career conversations with your students, even if the student's career ambitions lie outside of your own career journey. 

Presenters: Andrea Graham, Project Manager of the Graduate Student Professional Development Program, Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research and Deanna Davis, PhD, Professional Development Instructional Design Specialist, Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

Please RSVP