Building Effective Supervisory Relationships

Date & Time

Tuesday, 28 February 2017
09:00 to 12:00


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


Have you ever wondered about strategies you can use to build strong relationships with your supervisor? Have you thought about ways of avoiding conflicts or managing them? If that is the case, this is the workshop for you! We will be describing important strategies for developing strong working relationships that support progress through your graduate program and for addressing and managing conflict. We will also share some scenarios for small group work that are derived from actual supervisor-student situations.  The last 30 minutes of the workshop will review issues specific to international graduate students.  There will be ample time for discussion.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify key strategies to build effective relationships with supervisors
  • Consider factors that potentially contribute to trust and reciprocity in relationships with supervisors
  • Focus on making timely progress through your program and meeting milestones
  • Consider factors that can disrupt effective supervisory relationships
  • Appreciate the importance of clear boundaries in supervisory relationships
  • Problem-solve ways to manage conflict
  • Find sources of assistance in the event of intractable conflict.


Dr. Theresa Rogers is an Associate Dean, Program and Faculty Development, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Theresa has a background in Education and has been successfully supervising graduate students for over 20 years.

Dr. Brianne Howard is the Director, Academic Support, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  Brianne brings a wealth of experience in dealing with complex situations that arise in graduate studies and acts as a liaison between graduate students, faculty members and programs.  Brianne comes from a cultural studies background and with a focus on issues of accessibility and removing barriers to success.

Charles Shi is an International Student Advisor and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in International Student Development at UBC. Before joining UBC in 2005, Charles taught in universities in China, the United States and Canada for many years. In addition to advising, Charles was involved in many initiatives and programs at UBC including International Orientation, iMED, Transition Out, Work Learn, Jump Start, International Peer Advisors, Early Alert, Major Entrance Scholarship Committee, ILOTs Scholarship Committee, graduate student support, etc. He has presented a number of workshops at national and regional conferences about international education and numerous workshops at UBC. 

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, February 20 at 9:00am.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message to:


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.