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PhD SUPERVISION COURSE DESIGN: Human Face of the PhD. Leadership style & workload management Thomas, Kwesi & Albert. LEADERSHIP STYLES: Supervisors training. Exposure to various leadership approaches Identification of leadership orientation

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phd supervision course design human face of the phd

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
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