Resources for Faculty + Staff

Resources for Faculty and Staff

These pages provide staff, supervisors, and graduate coordinators with a variety of resources to support their work with graduate students. Please follow the links on the left to access the information you require.

Note that the Forms Cabinet contains forms relating to Admissions, Assistantships, Awards, Records, and Departments.

Recent resources

Generative AI and Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Supervision, Report of the Western Deans of Canadian Deans of Graduate Studies Working Group (November 24, 2023)

This report is the deliverable of the Working Group on Generative AI and Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Supervision, chaired by Vice Dean Ali Shiri in collaboration with Todd Duhamel, Associate Dean, University of Manitoba, Manish Pandey, Acting Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Winnipeg, Kendra Stiwich, Director, Graduate Studies and Student Research, Vancouver Island University, and Jay Friesen, Educational Curriculum Developer, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of Alberta.

The report discusses the possibilities and challenges of the use of generative AI in graduate thesis, postdoctoral research and writing including applications for admission and scholarships. It provides a set of recommended practices on responsible and ethical uses of generative AI for associate deans and deans of graduate studies as well as for advising and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The report encourages faculties of graduate studies to develop AI literacy educational opportunities for graduate supervisors and students, and postdoctoral researchers. The key recommendation categories are as follows:

  1. University-wide responsibilities and considerations
  2. Academic writing: Theses, dissertations, candidacy and research papers, course assignments
  3. Research (Idea generation, literature reviews, data analysis)
  4. Citations and references
  5. Graduate and postdoc application proposals
  6. Scholarships and awards application proposals

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Workshop & Conversation with Graduate Supervisors on Generative AI held Thursday, 22 June 2023.

With the release of ChatGPT at the end of November 2022, there has been much discussion about the impacts on higher education. To date, much of that conversation has understandably focussed on undergraduate education. The Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies together with the Office of the Provost invited graduate supervisors to have a facilitated conversation about the impacts of generative AI on graduate education. This document captures the conversation that addressed the following questions:

  1. What role can generative AI play in the different stages of the research process?
  2. How has dissertation and thesis research been impacted or changed since the arrival of generative AI?
  3. What types of support do graduate supervisors need to navigate graduate education post generative AI?
  4. How can we best educate graduate students to ethically conduct research and writing in the context of generative AI?
  5. What does AI literacy look like in graduate education?

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Remote supervision of graduate students

As we contend with the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, faculty members are asking for creative approaches to mentoring students at a distance. GPS is here to help with a series of videos and textual resources addressing this issue.

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10 Helpful Tips from GPS