Student-Supervisor Relationships - PhD Master Class

Student-Supervisor Relationships - PhD Master Class

Posted on behalf of Institute for Social Sciences Research

As part of the ISSR Global Scholar Programee, Dr Rob VanWynsberghe will deliver a PhD master class.


What is your ideal vision of the supervisor’s role is in your graduate work? How can this vision aid your supervisor in providing assistance that is meaningful to both of you, professionally and personally? Come to the Student and Supervisor Masterclass and prepare a short 1-2 document that reaches out to your supervisor and begins to share your preferred ways of communicating, your vision of working together successfully and possible ways to establish a long-term research program together.


As the end of the masterclass, I will request an informal target date for you to share this document with the supervisor, and any plans for its evolution into a plan for guidance and collaboration over time.


Here are the questions that we will use to guide this writing and thinking in the masterclass:




  1. What is your ideal vision of the supervisor’s role is in your graduate work? How can this vision aid your supervisor in providing assistance that is meaningful to them, professionally and personally?




  2. In what ways does your supervise represent a threat to the social values that brought you to graduate school (e.g., autonomy, flexible schedule, academic freedom)? What questions would you use to probe this perception with your supervisor?




  3. Academics and scholars present institutional hurdles to your degree and that is their job. What hurdles do you find anachronistic and/or counter-productive (e.g., comps). How can the two of you dialogue on ways of leveraging these requirements for mutual gain?




  4. Using a thought experiment as well as the text above, and detail your graduate program in ways that elevate your skills, abilities and predispositions to a new standard, both for you, your supervisor, and the graduate program to which you belong? PROMPT: Consider a: research project that you and your supervisor both happily belong to; a publication you co-author or; a speakers series you co-design.



When
17 May 2019 at 1:00pm
until 17 May 2019 at 3:00pm
Where
Dalhousie Building
Room 2F15
Dundee
DD1 4HN

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