Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

Nipissing University

General Information

Office responsible for graduate development programs:Student Development Services offer various programs for all Nipissing Students, but at this time there are no programs specifically for graduate students. We offer presentations on an ad hoc basis when requested or required _ for example ûFunding your PhD and BeyondË given by Dr. Barbi Law
Contact name:Louise Ells, School of Graduate Studies Secretary
Name of program:NA
Social media accounts related to program:NA
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?Kelly Brown, External Relations: Marketing, Advertising & Publications Officer

Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) When we are notified of webinars (such as those offered by the Tri-Councils), we make them available to our graduate students. Our Master of Education students run a blog. It is my understanding there are a number of groups of our students using social media (Facebook, twitter etc.) but these are not connected to the university. We offer a New Student Orientation Day on an annual basis to our incoming graduate students, and promote such events as the Three Minute Thesis.
Are there sessions specifically for international students?No as international students comprise only a very small percentage of our on-campus graduate student body (i.e., less than 1%).
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?Every one of our new (on-campus) graduate students this autumn was offered a GAship, with either Teaching or Research experience, or a combination of both. Mentorship is an important part of both the TA and RA experience. We are working with Student Development Services to establish more formal workshops for GAs. Topics include but are not limited to mental health, sexual violence, and supporting students in distress. The training will be delivered through the online training module entitled ûMore Feet on the GroundË.
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?We are still I the development phase.
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.TBD
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)All graduate students.
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?No PD programs are mandatory at this time.
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?Not at this time.
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)The sessions are developed and delivered through the Student Development Services office
How are the sessions promoted?Through the Graduate Coordinators for each program.
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)TBD
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?No

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?TBD
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?TBD
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)We have a limited number of graduate programs at Nipissing University (N=8). The number of students does not exceed the capacity for the programs.
How is participation in sessions tracked? TBD
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?TBD

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?NA
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?NA

General Questions

Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs? We are very much in the exploratory stage of offering programs to our students. The questions continued in this survey will help guise our program development and decision making moving forward.
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?
Is there any additional information you would like to share?