Program in Graduate Student Supervision

*Note: For winter 2019, the Program in Graduate Student Supervision will be offered entirely online. For more information about the facilitator and delivery format for winter 2019, please visit this page on our expanded PGSS offering.

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 you reflect on your 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 90 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 Supervison
  2. The Supervisory Relationship
  3. Attributes of Effective Supervision
  4. Cross-cultural Supervision

Time Requirements

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 mentor/supervision coach will participate in the discussion to encourage participation by every member of the group, and to offer feedback on the various discussion topics.

The start and end dates for the program will vary given the specific needs of the departments offering the program. We predict that participants will need to spend 12 to 14 hours in order to complete the program. This time estimate includes a 90 minute face-to-face capstone session at the end.

Winter 2019

For winter 2019, the PGSS will be offered entirely online with participants in the expanded offering. For more information about the facilitator and delivery format for winter 2019, please visit this page on our expanded PGSS.

If you would like to learn more about this program, or register for upcoming offerings, please email indicating:

  • Name
  • Faculty or School
  • Campus
  • Email
  • Telephone

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

If you have any questions regarding the program contact Jennifer Moran or call (709) 864-3028.


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