Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

University of Victoria

General Information

Office responsible for graduate development programs:Faculty of Graduate Studies in conjunction with the Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC) and Career and Co-op
Contact name:Cynthia Korpan (LTC)
Contact information:LTC Professional Development Programs and TA Training
Name of program:There are various programs through the LTC and Career and Co-op
Social media accounts related to program:
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?Each unit has different people who manage updates

Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) In person: TA Conferences (September and January) TA workshops Graduate Student Teaching ProD Certificate (non-credit) Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Graduate Certificate (credit) Teaching Assistant Consultant Program (TAC) Online: Time Management Module Pathways to Success Grad ProD
Are there sessions specifically for international students?International TA Conference and workshop series
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?Through our LATHE (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) Certificate program, students have access to several mentors
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?Each program has different skills and competencies; by accessing the web links above, each program states what these are
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.Interest is spread among the sessions and generally there is high interest in all of them
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)LATHE is restricted to PhD students. All other programs are open to all grad students and post docs
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?No not mandatory
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?LATHE is a graduate certificate and for credit. Other programs have badges or certificates (non-credit) attached to them
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)The LTC for all of our offerings
How are the sessions promoted?Through email and web site
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)Through a centralized system at the LTC
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?Only for the LATHE program

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?217 workshops annually at the LTC, with graduate students making up a large portion of the attendees
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?LTC about 7
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)Per session averages about 10
How is participation in sessions tracked? Through registration system
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?LATHE issues a survey once a year to graduates

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?The TAC program is centrally run out of the LTC but is departmentally based
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?Through the TAC program

General Questions

Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs? In LATHE
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?In LATHE
Is there any additional information you would like to share?NA