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). Our last presenter, Dr. Suzanne Ortega, led a stimulating discussion on "How to Nurture a Culture of Wellbeing for Graduate Students" (Nov. 14). Here are the details of our upcoming talks.

Conceptualizing mentorship through a decolonial and Indigenized framework

Jennifer Ward
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Location TBA)


Decolonizing and Indigenizing our academic institutions can transform learning, inform practice and helps us engage in meaningful and lasting systemic change (Battiste 2013; Gaudry & Lorenz 2018). Building upon the Cree understanding of Wahkohtowin (relational accountability and reciprocity) we can positively impact student learning and working environments. In this session, we will build upon our own mentorship skills and learn how best to support Indigenous grad students in their academic journeys


Jennifer Ward is of Umpqua, Algonquin and Walla Walla ancestry and she lives and works in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ  amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta). She is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning and a doctoral student within the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Jennifer works with faculty to Indigenize and decolonize their curriculum. She has worked in both the K-12 education system and the post-secondary environment to weave Indigenous worldviews into the curriculum. Jennifer also teaches an Indigenous Education course for pre-service teachers in the Faculty of Education. Working with Elders, students and community are some of her most cherished experiences. Hiy Hiy (thank you in Cree).

Graduate student supervisors, faculty members, and other members of the campus community are all welcome to attend. To confirm your attendance, please follow the link below.


How to Talk to Students

Lionel Laroche

February 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Location TBA)

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.

To register for the event, please follow the link below.