Co-supervision of Doctoral Students: Enhancing the Learning Experience

Pauline Paul 1 , Joanne K. Olson 2 , and Raisa B. Gul 3
  • 1 Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy 11405, 87 Ave Edmonton, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 1C9
  • 2 University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • 3 Aga Khan University, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Pauline Paul, Joanne K. Olson and Raisa B. Gul

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the advantages and challenges of co-supervision of doctoral students, as found in the literature and from our experiences. We define co-supervision and then discuss the process in detail. Examples are based on experiences of co-supervision from faculty perspectives as well as from the point of view of a former doctoral student. We propose that the advantages of co-supervision far outweigh the challenges and should be regularly considered by seasoned academics to enhance student learning. In addition, we suggest that co-supervision is intellectually stimulating for academics.

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