Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

University of New Brunswick

General Information

Office responsible for graduate development programs:School of Graduate Studies
Contact name:Drew Rendall, Dean
Contact information:d.rendall@unb.ca
Name of program:
Website:http://www.unb.ca/gradstudies
Social media accounts related to program:https://twitter.com/unbsgs
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?SGS and the Graduate Recruitor

Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) MITACS workshops Tri-Council Scholarship workshops Teaching Apprenticeship programs through individual academic departments Diploma in University Teaching Electronic archiving and digital dissemination training
Are there sessions specifically for international students?Yes, through Student Services, International Office
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?Yes, through MITACS, ACOA, etc..
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?Teaching skills, grant writing, industry application, entrepreneurship
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)All, but current graduate students are largest users.
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?Some are for SOME programs (e.g., Teaching Apprenticeships) but most others are not.
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?A diploma in University Teaching, but not yet for other activities or PD workshops but considering developing co-curricular transcript of some sort.
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)Graduate Studies in conjunction with other units (Center for Teaching Excellence; the Library) and external partners (MITACS, Tri-Council Agencies)
How are the sessions promoted?SGS website announcements, social media, email
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)Through SGS
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?Not generally, only a reservation holding fee for some MITACS workshops

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?Varies a lot as most are not yet sufficiently routinized to be on a predictable annual schedule.
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?2-3 members
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)Varies for different programs, but most workshop sorts of activities can accommodate approx. 30 students, and are generally about 75% full.
How is participation in sessions tracked? It is not formally tracked yet.
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?Not yet.

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?Yes, Teaching Apprenticeships is one example note above; some departments have additional grad student training sessions but this is at their discretion and outside the rubric of SGS.
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?Not as such yet.

General Questions

Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs? Not yet with any rigor or detail.
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?NA
Is there any additional information you would like to share?NA