The following policies and guidelines apply to both supervisors and co-supervisors
Criteria for Supervisors
- Be members of the School of Graduate Studies
- Have a record of distinguished and ongoing scholarly research
- Be currently active in a research area related to the student’s research interest
- Possess research expertise in the student’s research area.
NOTE: Potential supervisors should consult with the School of Graduate Studies before preparing application packages for potential students.
Role & Responsibilities of the Supervisor
In general, the role of the supervisor is to act as both an academic mentor and an evaluator of the student’s performance. The supervisor must provide professional guidance and help the student acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and conduct original research.
The supervisor’s responsibilities include:
- Commitment; Make a commitment to supervise the student throughout his or her program
- Mentorship & Respect; Give the student ongoing guidance on expected academic standards and the nature of research
- Be open and accessible to the student;Give the student advice and constructive criticism in support of high academic standards
- Respect the student as a junior colleague in research; Acknowledge the student’s contributions to presentations and publications including joint authorship if appropriate
- Respect the University of Lethbridge’s policies on intellectual property and the ownership of data and information
Regulations & Requirements
- At the start of the program share with the student the expectations of the supervisor, the program, and the School of Graduate Studies;
- Ensure all School of Graduate Studies and program regulations and requirements are met, including those related to coursework, funding, thesis examination, and thesis oral defence.
- Keep in contact with the student and meet with the student and Supervisory Committee according to the program requirements;
- Regularly communicate with the Supervisory Committee and the School of Graduate Studies regarding the student’s progress;
- Supervisors will notify the student and supervisory committee members of any anticipated change and subsequent approved change of the structure of the Program Committee by the School of Graduate Studies.
- In consultation with the student, establish a realistic work schedule for the program with specific milestones;
- Fulfill all duties related to completing the Statement of Progress and Standing;
- Help ensure there are sufficient financial and material resources to perform the research and support the student. Where required write statements of commitment of financial support for the student;
- Ensure the student has adequate supervision at all times during the program.
- Help ensure an environment conducive to research and intellectual growth;
- Help ensure a research environment free from harassment, discrimination, and conflict.
- Students and supervisors must make every effort to maintain the student/supervisor relationship. As graduate programs are very specialized, there may not be another faculty member qualified to act as a supervisor. Both the student and the supervisor must commit to completing the program of studies.
- When there is a conflict that jeopardizes the student/supervisor relationship that cannot be resolved by discussion between both parties, the student or faculty member should contact the School of Graduate Studies. The School will attempt to resolve the problem through mediation and discussion.