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Phd supervision course design human face of the phd


Leadership style &

workload management

Thomas, Kwesi & Albert

Leadership styles supervisors training
LEADERSHIP STYLES: Supervisors training

  • Exposure to various leadership approaches

    • Identification of leadership orientation

    • To understand the leadership orientation of supervisors

    • Introduce supervisors to various leadership styles

    • Improvement of leadership skills for PhD supervision

  • Activities:

    • using questionnaires to identify their management orientation

    • Group discussion

  • Assessment

    • Feedback from students through questionnaires

Supervisors training cont
Supervisors training (cont)

  • Effective communication skill

    • Improve communication skill of supervisors

    • Improve supervisor-supervisee relationship

    • Identify appropriate communication channels

    • To improve monitoring and feedback on PhD work

  • Activity

    • Lecture by communication expert/practitioner

    • Role-play based on the content of the lecture

  • Assessment

    • Feedback from supervisee/supervisor through interaction

    • Student’s progress report

Supervisors training cont1
Supervisors training (cont)

  • Motivation/encouraging skills

    • Identify strategies to motivate PhD students

    • Acquire the relevant motivating skills relevant to PhD supervision

    • Improve commitment and work rate of students

    • Identify economic, social and local needs of students

  • Activities

    • Lecture by an expert or practitioner

    • Group work to identify and discuss strategies that relate their context

    • Develop individual action plan to motivate students

  • Assessment

    • Feedback on the progress of students

Supervisors training cont2
Supervisors training (cont)

  • Ethical challenges – abuse and harassment

    • Identify practical challenges in PhD supervision

    • Identify various forms or harassment/abuse in PhD supervision

    • Recommend strategies to promote high ethical standards

  • Activities

    • Lecture on code of ethics and ethical issues in PhD supervision

    • Group discussion to share practical challenges and make recommendations

    • Individual action plans to achieve high ethical standards

  • Assessment

    • Feedback from students

    • Institutional report on unethical behaviors

Workload management
Workload Management

  • Mentoring

    • To identify potential teaching and research assistants

    • Train and build capacity of assistants

    • To reduce workload of supervisors

    • To allow supervisors to devote more time to PhD supervision

    • To recommend to management to recruit prepared and tested faculty

  • Activity

    • Identify potential teaching and research assistants through personal observation, class participation and academic performance

    • Formal and informal training of identified assistants

  • Assessment

    • Deliverables – ability to perform assigned task

Workload management cont
Workload Management (cont)

  • Team work with colleagues

    • To promote team supervision

    • To promote joint teaching and research

    • To prepare for succession in the absence of supervisor

    • To promote joint publication

  • Activity

    • Identify likeminded, willing and reliable faculty

    • Share work and interact with each other’s students

    • Seek direct assistance from colleagues

    • Joint research work with colleagues and PhD students

  • Assessment

    • Joint research output

    • Progress of jointly supervised work

    • Feedback from students through deliverables