Spring 2018 Program in Graduate Student Supervision

The first expanded offering of Memorial's Program in Graduate Student Supervision will be delivered online starting May 14 over a period of nine weeks. (Note: This expanded offering of PGSS is intended for non-Memorial faculty.)

Maximum capacity for enrolment in this offering is 15 participants.

In the news: Program facilitator, Brent Snook, has received the 2018 Geoffrey Marshall Graduate Mentoring Award from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS).

Related article: Reimagining graduate student supervision, University Affairs (Mar. 8, 2018)

Program Content

The content is divided into three investigations that facilitate participants' interaction with the content. Each investigation includes two to three modules of content, which offers notes on various concepts in graduate supervision and provides a list of suggested readings.

Investigation 1: Models of Supervision and the Developmental Approach

  • Module 1 - Introduction
  • Module 2 - Models of Supervision
  • Module 3 - Developmental Approach to Supervision

Investigation 2: The Supervisory Relationship and Attributes of Effective Supervision

  • Module 4 - The Supervisory Relationship
  • Module 5 - Attributes of Effective Supervision

Investigation 3: Cross-cultural Supervision and Conclusions

  • Module 6 - Cross-cultural Supervision
  • Module 7 - Conclusions and Recommendations

Program Delivery

Over a duration of nine weeks, the program will be offered entirely online in the learning management system, Brightspace, with four 1.5 hour synchronous sessions using Online Rooms (virtual meeting tool), as well as some asynchronous sessions.

For general information about technical requirments you will need to complete the online program, please visit this page.

Once registered and upon payment, participants can access the program by visiting online.mun.ca and logging in with the login credentials and instructions provided. Once you log in, you can familiarize yourself with the learning environment. 

Need help? Our Technical Resources site provides online resources to help you navigate Brightspace, or you can connect directly with our team at any time through our Support Centre.


Brent Snook, PGSS

The facilitator for the spring 2018 offering is Dr. Brent Snook, professor in psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and winner of the 2018 Geoffrey Marshall Graduate Mentoring Award from the Northeaster Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS).

Dr. Snook holds a PhD in Psychology from The University of Liverpool, UK. His research involves an examination of the intersection of psychology and the law (e.g., the reliability and validity of policing practices).

Brent is the director of the Psychology and Law Lab, where he supervises undergraduate (~ 4 honour students per year) and graduate students (~ 2 MSc and 2 PhD students at a time) to conduct research that aims to improve the criminal justice system. Brent is dedicated to ensuring his students are given an opportunity to be immersed in all aspects of academic life (e.g., funding, supervision, research, outreach, lecturing, peer-reviewing, receiving awards). For his commitment to graduate supervision, Brent was awarded with the President’s Award for Outstanding Graduate and Postgraduate Supervision at Memorial University in 2016.

Program Fee

The cost to complete this program is $1,250 (+HST).

Upon completing the registration form below, an invoice will be sent for payment. The invoice will be sent to the email address provided in the registration form.

Payment can be made by cheque upon receiving the invoice, made payable to Memorial University of Newfoundland. As indicated on the invoice, please quote the invoice number on the cheque.


To register for this offering, please complete the PGSS Registration form.

Click to complete the PGSS Registration Form.


For questions related to the Spring 2018 offering, please contact:

Shari Costello
Business Development Coordinator
(709) 864-2672


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