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31 May 2016


Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 9:00 am. – 3:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Hotel, Toronto

This workshop is designed to provide practical information in a relatively informal setting and a welcoming space where participants can learn from others, ask questions and seek advice.
(Please note that the workshop will be offered in English (no simultaneous interpretation). Distributed documents will however be translated.)

Cost: $200, which includes a continental breakfast, break and a buffet lunch.

Registration: Please register through the regular CAGS conference registration which will open in August 2016.


8:00 am Continental Breakfast

9:00 am Opening Remarks (Brenda Brouwer)

9:05 am Changes in graduate education in Canada over the past decade: has there been an impact on the role of the graduate dean?
Proliferation of unions representing graduate students in employee roles (TAs, RAs, sessionals); increased enrolments; increased media/public interest; increased competitiveness for top students; internationalization; new programs and program types; student support/services; funding models (advancement); centralization/decentralization…

10:00 am The graduate dean portfolio and strategies for success
Experienced deans discuss particular elements of their portfolios and what has proven helpful in moving their agenda forward.

11:00 am Break

11:15 am If only I knew then what I know now (biggest challenges)
New deans reflect on things that they would have liked to have known when they took on the position of dean and how they got through the first year (or 2).

12:00 Networking Lunch

1:00 pm Differences between institutions and provinces that you should be aware of (the realities behind the facts)
Students and/or faculty can occasionally (?) be heard bemoaning that the tuition (or tuition increases, or funding packages, or the number of international students, or teaching assistant wages) at their institution do not compare well to other institutions. Knowing about the differences in funding models across provinces and legislation/government practices impact these issues; and how differences across institutions regarding, for example, whether TAs are unionized or not can be very helpful in diffusing a situation or supporting an argument you wish to make.

2:00 pm Survival tips
Experienced deans discuss strategies or approaches that helped them transition into their roles and manage as graduate deans (e.g. managing office dynamics, dealing with baronial deans, effective communication with different stakeholder groups, etc.) followed by Q & A.

2:55 pm Closing Remarks