Yes. Collaboration is at the core of the program. Teaching and Learning Services (SKILLSETS home base) partners with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Student Services, Faculties, and other service units to deliver PD.
Yes, when guest speakers from other departments speak on various topics under EDGE. Examples:
- Learning to Learn (a session on study habits and the best ways to learn) _ speaker is an Engineering professor
- Thesis Writing Retreat _ facilitator is the Director of the Writing Centre, and it is held in the Writing Centre
- Academic Integrity Workshop & Open Access Workshops _ facilitators are library staff and sessions are held in the library
- Teaching Assistant Training Program - offered by Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Faculty members and departments do ask for assistance putting together professional development sessions for their students. Our office helps to refer them to the appropriate person and unit.
Sometimes certain departments will help co-sponsor events for grad students, such as the Jennifer Polk talk last year: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/blog/year/2016/02/JenPolkHighlights.html#main_content_image_0
The Dean of Graduate Studies often funds departments to run their own innovative programming. This is not only related to professional development, but it can be. An example is here:
I discussed about this in the section Who develops and delivers the sessions? Indeed, all courses at the CUEFR are the results of collaboration with Faculties. CUEFR is also involved, as a collaborator, in the establishment of some general skill training program, for example at the Faculty of Sciences. These programs and CUEFR are complementary.
With the introduction of the PD and IDP requirement, most faculties and departments have had FGSR come to their units to offer sessions, sometimes as part of their orientations, others as part of their courses, and again as stand alone offerings.
The Cumming School of Medicine based out of our Foothills campus is involved in a collaborative effort with main campus to develop professional development programming, including:
Graduate Professional Development Program:
Through this program students at the Foothills campus have access to a variety of sessions and events in the areas of: Academic Success, Professional Effectiveness, Career Development
The Faculty of Graduate Studies promotes all workshops that are generally open to all graduate students, this year this included mental wellness workshops for students and faculty; cultural workshops such as blanket exercises and ongoing speaker series?
Yes. Examples include brownbag sessions on non-academic job resources provided to students in particular graduate programs and workshops on professional skills, such as professional communications, tailored specifically to students in programs where Graduate Program Directors identify particular needs.
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.