UW News

May 1, 2008

Transnational issues in mentoring doctoral education explored May 6

A discussion of transnational issues in mentoring and supervision of doctoral education will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in 104 Miller.

The discussion will be led by Terry Evans, professor in the School of Education at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia; and Kjersti Flottum, vice-rector for international relations at the University of Bergen, Norway.

The speakers will discuss current issues in doctoral education — specifically mentoring and supervision — in Australia, New Zealand and Norway. The effects of government and university policy will be canvassed as a context within which contemporary issues in doctoral education have emerged. After their presentation, audience members will be encouraged to contribute their thoughts on the similarities and differences in approach to these issues in the United States or their home countries.

The seminar arises mainly from Evans’s work — as an associate dean responsible for his faculty’s doctoral program, as a supervisor of doctoral students, and as a researcher and author on doctoral education. Evans is the coeditor of two books on doctoral student and advising — one from a faculty point of view (Supervising Doctorates Downunder: Keys to Successful Doctoral Study in Australia and New Zealand) and the other from a student point of view (Doctorates Downunder: Keys to Successful Doctoral Study in Australia and New Zealand).

The discussion is sponsored by the College of Education and the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education.