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Training Supervisors To Be Committee Members

Training supervisors to be committee members

I recently ran a poll to see if any supervisors received training to participate in defenses – either on preparing the student, how to ask questions, adhering to protocol, or any other elements of the defense. While the number of responses was low, I was surprised to see that none of those who voted received training.

Since the PhD defense has its social, cultural, and emotional levels attached to it, preparing supervisors may be a good idea. Particularly those supervisors who will be participating in a defense that is in a format unknown to them (with the written and unwritten rules that go with it), may benefit from a workshop that addresses this.

What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear them!

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