Graduate Supervisor Institute

The Memorial University-Athabasca University Graduate Supervisor Institute (GSI) consists of 10 sessions offered from October to July each academic year. Each session covers a topic area relevant to graduate supervisors, and provides an opportunity to informally meet, ask questions, and discuss issues and best practices in graduate student supervision. Where possible, sessions may also include guest subject matter experts from within and outside Memorial University and Athabasca University.

Program eligibility

GSI participants must be employed as contractual or permanent faculty at either Memorial University or Athabasca University to be eligible. Participants must regsiter for each session they plan to attend.


The GSI is designed to provide training and support for both new and experienced faculty supervisors. It is offered both in synchronous and asynchronous forms. The schedule for the synchronous sessions for 2020-2021 are noted below. Memorial University and Athabasca University will issue a certificate of completion for participants who attend and participate in at least 7 of the 10 synchronous workshops.

How to participate

To enroll in the GSI, Memorial University or Athabasca University faculty can register here for the second module no later than noon NDT time on November 20, 2020. Faculty who register will receive an e-mail with connection details. If you do not receive connection details after registering please check your junk e-mail folder.

Program Schedule*

Date, Time and Registration Details


Session Leader

October 29, 2020: 1:30 PM NDT: Recorded session will be available in BrightSpace soon for those who registered for this module on or before October 29, 2020.Remote SupervisionDr. Shawn Fraser (AU)
November 20, 2020: 2:30 PM NDT: and important considerations for people managementDr. Amy Warren (MUN)
December 1, 2020:  1:30 PM NDT:
Graduate paperwork (LOA, termination of program etc.),Dr. Shawn Fraser (AU) and Dr. Amy Warren (MUN) 
January 28, 2021: 2:30 PM NDT: bumps in the roadDr. Christina Bottaro (MUN)
February 23, 2021: 130 PM NDT: co-supervisory relationshipsDr. Paul Banahene Adjei (MUN)
March 25, 2021: 130 PM NDT: graduate milestones with studentsDr. Jeff Vallance (AU)
April, 2021Performance and motivationDr. Debra Hoven (AU)
May, 2021Health and well-beingDr. Lisa Moores (MUN)
June, 2021Helping student enter the job marketDr. Amy Warren (MUN)
July, 2021Public Enagement and Graduate SupervisionTBA

*Please note topics and timing of sessions may change depending on availability of moderators and/or guest speakers. This website will be updated regularly. While the university operates remotely all session materials will be housed in BrightSpace and the session will be delivered live NLT via WebEx.


School of Graduate Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000