Frequently Asked Questions
To ensure graduate students and supervisors experience a mentorship and supervisory relationship that is characterized by:
• Respect, inclusion and support of the whole person
• Continued learning and collaboration by both the supervisor and the graduate student
• Commitment to advancing academic and professional goals
To support successful mentorship and supervisory relationships. CGMS well achieve its mandate through:
• Facilitating conflict resolution within the mentorship and supervisory relationship
• Building capacity through skill development workshops for both graduate students and supervisors
• System navigation and collaboration with other University partners
• Identifying and developing resources that are aligned with best practices in graduate mentorship and supervision
• Graduate students who bring forward a complaint regarding a professor, citing bullying and aggressive behaviour.
• Graduate student expressing concerns regarding the lack of availability and contact with the professor which is impacting their academic progress.
•Faculty member expressing concerns regarding a student’s progress which they attribute to either interpersonal issues and/or wellness issues.
• Consultation: Opportunity to unpack, debrief the situation and begin the process of identifying the unique factors of the case and assist in developing a strategy for a path forward.
• System Navigation: Determine who might be other appropriate partners and related policies/jurisdictions, assisting in identifying all the potential resources and facilitating the connections/referrals.
• Facilitating: Offer facilitated conversations between the graduate student and the supervisor.
• Mediating: Engage in a mediation process with clear and documented outcomes.
• Coaching: Assist individuals address their supervision practice(s) which would allow them to develop approaches which are aligned with best practices.
• Case Management: Assist you in ensuring appropriate follow up and key stakeholders are working collaboratively.
- Introductory session to CGMS for graduate students and departments
- Workshops on navigating concerns and/or difficult conversations, available to be delivered in your department
- Graduate Supervision Guidelines – Student Edition
- Graduate Supervision Guidelines – Faculty Edition
- Best Practices for Supervisors & Instructors of Graduate Students with Family Responsibilities
- Strategies for Graduate Mentorship and Supervision at a Distance [PDF]
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