Resources for 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 Annual Program and Supervisory Report form.

Development and training

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 90-minute face-to-face capstone session. For more information and to register, please visit the Program in Graduate Supervision webpage.

The SGS Supervisor Institute both new and experienced faculty supervisors an opportunity to informally meet, ask questions, and informally discuss issues and best practices in graduate student supervision. Sessions are held once a month, moderated by the Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies, and features guest speakers from across the three campuses. Each session will focus on a specific topic, and some for some sessions a subject matter expert will be invited (e.g., on writing, health services, etc.). Certificates of completion are issued to faculty members who attend a minimum number of workshops each year. For information on the next session the series and to register, please visit the workshops page of SGS website.

Special lectures on graduate supervision are offered from time to time. The speakers selected for these lectures are typically highly experienced supervisors who have been acknowledged by their peers as being exceptional mentors. For information on the next lecture and to register, please visit the workshops page of SGS website.

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

Teaching Skills Enhancement Program
Understanding foreign credential for graduate admissions
CITL workshops and seminars
Diversity training opportunities
Occupational health and safety training
Online courses (
President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Graduate Supervision

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

Guidelines for Academic Units to use in Recommending the Appointment of Graduate Supervisors
Graduate funding guidelines
Academic misconduct
Avoiding plagiarism – a guide
Intellectual Property of Graduate Students: Guidelines and Best Practices
SGS guidelines and policies
Forms for graduate officers and graduate students
SGS special funding initiatives
Theses and reports – guidelines and procedures
Visiting Graduate Students
TAMUN collective agreement – graduate assistantships
Student support and crisis management
Student Code of Conduct
Criteria for nominating Fellows of the School of Graduate Studies




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