Master’s and PhD Supervision for Associate Professors and Professors

The main purpose of the programme is to support systematic exchange of best practices among experienced supervisors at Aarhus BSS and to increase the individual’s professional supervisor competencies.

Content

The programme focuses on supervision of Master’s students and PhD students. Taking research results, local best practice, and participants’ own experiences as its starting point, the programme intends to advance participants’ supervision skills in terms of:

  1. text-related skills: to convey criteria for academic papers, to support students’ writing processes, and to provide feedback that is forward-looking, accurate, specific, and criteria-based
  2. relationship and process management skills: to establish and maintain constructive working relationships with students and potential co-supervisors, and to match expectations early and regularly
  3. communication skills: to ask questions that encourage students' independence, to listen actively, and to meta-communicate the content and process of the supervision.

Learning outcome

At the end of the programme, participants should be able to:

 

  • describe and substantiate their practice as supervisors
  • match expectations with students early and regularly in a project
  • encourage students' writing processes and provide constructive feedback
  • apply communication methods that ensure progression in supervision meetings and promote students’ independence
  • identify and manage typical conflicts in supervision, such as balancing between support and structure, between product and process supervision, between private and professional elements in supervision relationships
  • utilize the disciplinary community as a resource in supervision
  • analyze and assess specific dilemmas in their own supervision practice
  • receive and provide collegial feedback as part of developing own as wells as others’ supervision. 

Fundamental concepts and working methods

 

  1. the best way to develop supervision skills is not simply talking about it, but to give, receive, and observe supervision. Consequently, the focus is on practicing concrete supervision principles and methods.
  2. even though supervision of Maters’s students and PhD students are different activities, they still have many shared features, and there are clear benefits to be gained from including both types of supervision in the same programme.

Preparation

Detailed instructions will follow on the Blackboard site of the programme. Please notice that you will be asked to do preparatory tasks on Blackboard before the first seminar day.

General information

Participants: Associate Professor and Professors at the Departments and Centres at Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences.

Prerequisites: To be eligible for the programme, participants must be supervising at least one student (working on a Master’s thesis or PhD project) during the period of the programme. Similarly, participants must be able to attend all seminar days and have the capacity to invest a total of 40 hours of work into the programme during the period.

Price: The programme is free for participants from Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences.

Certificate: A course certificate will be made out after completion of the whole programme.

Language: Danish. The programme is offered in English every two years. Thus, the next programme offered in English is in Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022.

Dates and registration

The programme is offered in Danish and includes four seminar days in Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021. 

Autumn 2020/Spring 2021 [REGISTRATION]

The total course includes the following four seminar days:

  • Seminar day: Wednesday 4. November 2020
  • Seminar day: Wednesday 9. December 2020
  • Seminar day: Wednesday 24. February 2021
  • Seminar day: Wednesday 28. April 2021

The course takes place at Aarhus Campus, every day at 9.00-16.00.  

Registration deadline: 15. September 2020

Prerequisites

To be eligible for the programme, participants must be supervising at least one student (working on a Master’s thesis or PhD project) during the programme period.

Similarly, participants must be able to attend all seminar days and have the capacity to invest a total of 40 hours of work into the programme during the period.