The business card supervisor

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A student told me recently about a fantastic supervisor who, when she orders herself new business cards, orders cards for all her PhD students at the same time. This tiny anecdote sums up, for me, how a truly collegial supervisor would reinforce, for students, that they are already early career researchers themselves, already within the academy, and doing all the things academics do, like meeting people, talking, sharing ideas, following up and forwarding resources. These students are colleagues, not acolytes in quarantine prior to inoculation by thesis examination. Business cards too business-y? Networking? Ugh? I still think this senior supervisor is thinking pedagogically about growing her students’ academic confidence and welcoming them into her team. Do readers have their own similar anecdotes?

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Author: Lucinda McKnight

Dr Lucinda McKnight is a lecturer in curriculum and pedagogy at Deakin University. She has a BA in Fine Arts, Women's Studies and English from the University of Melbourne, an MA (Distinction) in Media, Culture and Communication, from the Institute of Education now at UCL, and a PhD in Education from Deakin University. Her cartoons have appeared in a number of publications, including Farrago and Health Voice. She has exhibited her artwork at Museum Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts.

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