Focus on Graduate Education

Focus on Graduate Education

The first of a new series of informational sessions for faculty members, entitled Focus on Graduate Education at Western, will take place on March 2nd, 2012. In the inaugural event, two sessions will explore specific issues in graduate education which will be of interest to faculty from diverse disciplines. The sessions will include speakers and panelists offering their insights, as well as plenty of time for questions and discussion to share experiences and ideas.


Focus on Graduate Education at Western
Friday March 2nd, 2012
UCC Room 147A/B, University Community Centre (main floor)

Introduction to Graduate Student Mental Health Issues
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Dr. Gail Hutchinson, Director, Student Development Centre and Dr. Kathy Dance, Psychologist, Psychological Services, will provide an overview of the research literature on graduate student mental health issues and will discuss the types of mental health issues commonly seen in university counselling settings.  Rose Aquino, Advisor and Coordinator, International and Exchange Student Centre will discuss the types of mental health issues faced by international graduate students. Barbara Froats, Rehabilitation Consultant, Rehabilitation Services, will discuss mental health first-aid training and will touch on upon how to identify mental health issues and what to do about it.  Questions and discussion will follow presentations.

Coffee Break
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Strategies for Keeping Graduate Students Focused, Informed and Meeting Milestones
10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM
Dr. Elizabeth Skarakis-Doyle, Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders will discuss starting out on track, clarifying expectations for graduate study.  Dr. Lorraine Davies, Associate Dean, Graduate Chair, Faculty of Social Science, will explore Graduate Chair mentoring of students and the benefit of one-on-one progression meetings.  Dr. Nick Dyer-Witheford, Associate Dean, Graduate Chair, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, will talk about running effective faculty progression meetings for professional and thesis-based programs. Dr. Mark Bernards, Chair, Department of Biology, will discuss having difficult conversations, how to get students back on track and remotivated. Questions and discussion will follow presentations.