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Dean’s Podcast – Episode 5

An interview with Kevin Vessey, dean of graduate studies at St. Mary's University


Welcome to the Dean’s Podcast – the podcast about issues shaping graduate studies in Canada.

In this episode, host Carolyn Watters, Dalhousie University dean of graduate studies, and 2009 Canadian Association of Graduate Studies president, talks to Kevin Vessey, dean of graduate studies at St. Mary’s University in Halifax about CAGS’s recently published Guiding Principles for Graduate Student Supervision.

Dr. Vessey, who is the author of these guiding principles, explains where the idea came from, and why student-supervisor relationships need improvement. Finally, he takes us through each of the 12 guiding principles and their rationale and comments on some next steps that your graduate faculty may want to consider to act on them.


If you’d like to get in touch with Carolyn about something you heard in the podcast,

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For an index of previous podcasts, click here.

You can follow Carolyn and her colleagues, associate deans Sunny Marche and Dieter Pelzer,  at the Deans’ Blog, an intelligent and illuminating weekly take on issues affecting graduate students, post docs, and their supervisors at Dalhousie.

Theme music for the Dean’s Podcast by Derek K. Miller.

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