Building Effective Supervisory Relationships

Have you ever wondered about strategies you can use to build strong relationships with your graduate supervisor? Have you thought about ways of avoiding conflicts or managing them? If that is the case, this is the workshop for you! We will be describing essential strategies for developing strong working relationships that support progress through your graduate program (particularly in the current Covid -19 context) and for addressing and managing conflict. We will also share some scenarios for small group work that are derived from actual supervisor-student situations. There will be ample time for discussion.


• Identify key strategies to build effective relationships with graduate supervisors
• Consider factors that potentially contribute to trust and reciprocity in relationships with graduate supervisors
• Focus on making timely progress through your program and meeting milestones
• Consider factors that can disrupt effective supervisory relationships
• Appreciate the importance of clear boundaries in supervisory relationships
• Problem-solve ways to manage conflict
• Find sources of assistance in the event of intractable conflict.


Dr. Brianne Howard is the Director, Academic Support, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Brianne brings a wealth of experience in dealing with complex situations that arise in graduate studies and acts as a liaison between graduate students, faculty members and programs. Brianne comes from a cultural studies background and with a focus on issues of accessibility and removing barriers to success.

Dr. Theresa Rogers, Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Dr. Theresa Rogers works with students, faculty, programs and units across campus to support and continually improve the quality of graduate student experiences. She is a professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC since 2000. Her scholarship primarily focuses on the literacy and media practices of youth in community settings and the teaching of literacy and literature in schools. She often collaborates with students in her research projects and has won both teaching and mentoring awards.


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