Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy
University of New Brunswick
Office responsible for graduate development programs:
School of Graduate Studies
Drew Rendall, Dean
Name of program:
Social media accounts related to program:
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.)
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)
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?
Not generally, only a reservation holding fee for some MITACS workshops
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?
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?
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.
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?
Is there any additional information you would like to share?
Canadian Association for Graduate Studies
The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) was founded in 1962 to promote graduate education and university research through meetings, publications and advocacy. The Association brings together 58 Canadian universities with graduate programs and the three federal research-granting agencies, as well as other institutions and organizations having an interest in graduate studies.