Program in Graduate Student Supervision

The Program in Graduate Student Supervision (PGSS) is designed to provide an introduction for faculty to important aspects of graduate student supervision. The purpose of this program is to review the literature on graduate student supervision and to help faculty prepare for and reflect on their practice as a graduate supervisor.

The program is offered in a blended format over the period of nine weeks. Participants interact with the content through a Brightspace course site and participate in four 60-minute synchronous sessions.

Specifically, this program will serve to support professional development of faculty at Memorial University on effective graduate supervision in hopes of reducing time-to-completion rates and program attrition, and increasing optimal student outcomes.

This program aims to better prepare you for supervision by:

  1. Reviewing influential supervisory frameworks
  2. Highlighting specific indicators of effective supervisors
  3. Providing supervision recommendations for distinct graduate student populations (i.e., cross-cultural students), and
  4. Providing resources for effective supervision practices.

Topics investigated in the program include:

  1. Models of Supervision
  2. The Supervisory Relationship
  3. Attributes of Effective Supervision
  4. Cross-cultural Supervision

Time Requirements

Participants should plan for approximately 12 to 14 hours to complete the program. 


The Program in Graduate Student Supervision is offered in a blended mode of delivery. In order to make it as effective and efficient as possible, the majority of the program will be provided through a facilitated online format. This means that a facilitator will participate in the discussions to encourage participation by every member of the group, and to offer feedback on the various discussion topics.

The program is free and participants will receive a certificate of completion upon successfully finishing.

Registration details coming soon!


For more information about PGSS please contact the School of Graduate Studies at


Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

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