The Art and Science of Graduate Student Supervision


The supervision of graduate students is both an art and a science. This course is designed to provide an overview of the responsibilities and practices of an effective supervisor. The course addresses Master (course based and thesis) and PhD supervision.  Emphasis is placed on how to support students while they progress through the various milestones of their programs of study. Particular attention is given on how to assist students experiencing challenges.  Questions related to institutional regulations and policies are also considered.  The course provides participants with multiple strategies, and alternatives for success.




Pauline Paul is Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, where she recently completed her 5-year term as Associate Dean Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Nursing She has extensive experience in teaching and supervising graduate students. She has supervised or been a committee member for 20 PhD students, and in addition has served as Chair or examiner in 42 instances. She has had various involvement in the supervision of 35 MN students (both thesis and course-based) and has taught 5 graduate courses.


Member fee: $250 CAD

Non-member fee: $275 CAD