Resources for graduate supervisors

The training and mentoring by faculty supervisors of graduate students is critical to their positive university experience, timely program completion, and preparedness for the world of work. The responsibilities of faculty members who supervise graduate students are outlined in the Responsibilities of Supervisors and Graduate Students. To ensure progress and timeline completion, supervisors and graduate students are expected to complete and submit an Graduate Student Annual Progress and Supervisory Report Form.


The School of Graduate Studies is committed to providing support and training to faculty members and instructional staff who supervise and mentor graduate students.

The Best practices for remote supervision of graduate students resource was developed by the School of Graduate Studies to provide advice to faculty interested improving their remote supervisory practice. The document also provides a list of communication and collaboration IT services available to faculty.

In May 2020, the School of Graduate Studies and Centre for Innovation, Teaching and Learning hosted a recorded panel discussion on Supervising Graduate Students during COVID-19 with the recipients of the President’s Award for Outstanding Graduate and Postgraduate Supervision. The panelists included Dr. Valerie Booth (Department of Biochemistry), Dr. Brian Veitch (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science), and Dr. Brent Snook (Department of Psychology), who provided advice and strategies to best mentor and support graduate students while practicing self-care.

The Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is hosting a series of instructional sessions for instructors and teaching assistants on key topics to support effective remote and online instruction. Session topics include preparing to teach remotely, embedding principles of universal design, creating videos of your presentations, alternatives to exams and much more. Graduate students are welcome to attend. Visit the events calendar to view the sessions offered and to register.


The School of Graduate Studies is committed to ensuring the best possible experience and outcomes for graduate students by providing meaningful training and supports to Memorial’s faculty members engaged in supervision.

The Program in Graduate Student Supervision is offered once a semester by SGS and the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. It is intended to introduce you to and prepare you for important aspects of graduate student supervision by: 1) reviewing influential supervisory frameworks, 2) highlighting specific qualities/behaviours of effective supervisors, 3) providing supervision recommendations for distinct graduate student populations, and 4) providing resources for effective supervision practices. The program is offered in blended learning format over four weeks, and finishes with a 60-minute face-to-face capstone session. For more information and to register, please visit the Program in Graduate Supervision webpage.

The Memorial University – Athabasca University Graduate Supervisor Institute (GSI) is a year-long professional development program designed for both new and experienced faculty supervisors who are interested in improving their supervisory competence. It offers participants a solid grounding in both literature of and best practices in supervision and is intended to help build communities of practice among likeminded faculty supervisors. The Institute is offered remotely and accessible from any geographic location and is available free of charge to faculty members at Memorial University and Athabasca University. For more information please visit the Graduate Supervisor Institute webpage.

Teaching Skills Enhancement Program is offered to graduate students over two semesters and will run remotely during the 2021-22 academic year. The fall semester is delivered in a blended format with online content and weekly synchronous, team-based discussions every Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m. (NST). During the winter (January-March), graduate students undertake a teaching apprenticeship and complete a learning portfolio, with four synchronous sessions scheduled throughout the semester.

The program is free of charge, and graduate students who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of completion and official transcript notation.

Other training opportunities for faculty supervisors are noted below. This is not an exhaustive list.

Below are resources for faculty members who supervise graduate students. This is not an exhaustive list.


The resources provided here are drawn from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies’ (CAGS) website. They include CAGS discussion papers as well as publications from third parties.


Below are some resources and services for graduate students. This is not an exhaustive list.


Below are some support service units for graduate students. This is not an exhaustive list.


Below are some groups and associations related to graduate students. This is not an exhaustive list.