Early Career Event

CIBSS Supervisors Webinar Series

Session 1 of  Webinar Series: The multiple roles of a supervisor

Target Group:

(Current and future) group leaders, postdoctoral researchers, junior professors, and early-career researchers with supervision duties in CIBSS labs.


Series Overview:

Leading a team is usually a completely new challenge for many academics. Going from a student role to a teacher or manager role can be a very stark transition that requires extra skills and training. The Supervisors Webinar Series, led by trainer Desiree Dickerson, aims to help academics bridge this gap by providing insights and strategies on navigating the diverse roles of a supervisor, supporting student mental health, fostering effective communication and provide efficient feedback, managing conflicts in a team, and enhancing motivation and productivity.


Session description: The multiple roles of a supervisor

Supervision is a role many of us look forward to embracing. In this current academic system, however, where time is short and competition is everywhere, there are a number of pressures and challenges to navigate. Academic supervision is a relationship, and any relationship is built on trust, mutual respect and expectations. As a supervisor you are expected to fulfil many roles (e.g. teacher, mentor, coach, colleague). In this webinar, we explore what these roles are, why they should (or shouldn’t) be fulfilled and the importance of clear expectations for an effective supervisory experience. We also explore the boundaries of your role in providing support when a student is struggling with their mental health, how to ask the right questions and when to refer on.


To join, please contact the early career coordinator: launchpad(at)cibss.uni-freiburg.de