Doctoral Supervision – Methods and Tools
Doctoral supervision can be a lonely business and it can be challenging to adapt your supervisory style to each new PhD candidate. This intensive doctoral supervision workshop addresses the core challenges of PhD supervision, provides tools to overcome them and aims to help you become a more flexible supervisor. It is organised as a two-part event giving you the chance to do peersupervision between the course days. By observing each other’s supervision practice, you will receive extensive feedback and get a unique chance to reflect on your own supervisory practice. Peer-supervision is also a means to establish cooperative support and to build networks with other PhD supervisors.
The underlying basis of the workshop is that all supervisors can improve continuously. Therefore, it is designed to encompass all supervisors from postdocs to experienced professors. Different levels of experiences are used as a resource in the course by presenting key tools as well as advanced supervision strategies and by inviting participants to share concrete experiences and to reflect on their individual practice. To prepare for the workshop you are asked to share a challenging case story either from your own supervision or from being supervised yourself. This input is integrated into the first part of the workshop which is tailored to the specific participant group.
You will get a chance to
- Reflect on your own supervision practice in a systematic way
- Become familiar with tools, methods and mental models and try them out
- Exchange experiences with other supervisors
- Supervisor role and the relationship
- Aligning expectations with the PhD researcher
- How to promote motivation and independence
- The difference between product and process supervision
- Realistic planning and project management
- Communication tools
- Effective feedback
- Reflection on your own challenges
The teaching format is based on your active participation and the format combines presentations, plenary discussions and group work. Preparation before and during the course is required.
The target group is both new and experienced doctoral supervisors