Successful Development Programs for experienced Doctoral Supervisors – What does it take?

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  • Gitte Wichmann-Hansen
  • Mirjam Godskesen, Aalborg Universitet, Denmark
  • Margaret Kiley, Australian National University, Australia
In this paper, we focus on professional development for senior academic staff, in particular, doctoral supervisors. Using an authentic case as an example of a long-term, comprehensive, and mandatory development program for senior staff we analyse the challenges and benefits of such a program and identify issues for consideration. The main issues include: 1) the need for strong incentive structures initiated by the top management; 2) teaching principles that are aligned with the group of senior academics; and 3) a well-evaluated course that, in the long term, encourages supervisors to participate due to their inner motivation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Academic Development
Number of pages23
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019

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