Graduate Supervisor Institute

The Memorial University-Athabasca University Graduate Supervisor Institute 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 submit an expression of interest before the deadline each year.


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 must submit an e-mail with thier desire to complete the program and include thier name, department and rank to by October 29, 2020. Faculty who have expressed interest will receive an e-mail with connection details approximately 1 week before each of the 10 modules is to be delivered.

Program Schedule*

Date and Time


Session Leader

October 29, 2020: 1:30 PM NDTRemote SupervisionDr. Shawn Fraser (AU)
November, 2020Tips and important considerations for people managementDr. Amy Warren (MUN)
December, 2020Graduate paperwork (LOA, termination of program etc.),TBA
January, 2021Managing bumps in the roadTBA
February, 2021Managing co-supervisory relationshipsTBA
March, 2021Navigating graduate milestones with studentsTBA
April, 2021Performance and motivationDr. Amy Warren (MUN)
May, 2021Health and well-beingTBA
June, 2021Helping student enter the job marketDr. Amy Warren (MUN)
July, 2021Hot Topics in 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