Professional Development

Building Successful Academic Relationships Across Cultures

June 03, 2015

As a graduate student and scholar, you will collaborate and teach across cultures throughout your academic career.

Join us for this free session to learn strategies for navigating cultural differences in communication styles, expectations and collaboration with your supervisors, peers and students or anyone with whom you work collaboratively.

During the session, you will work with others to develop strategies for responding to challenging supervision scenarios; negotiating with research team members and explore strategies for getting the membership you need to succeed in a global, academic, and professional environment in graduate school and beyond.

Register online to reserve your space.

  • Monday, June 22, 2015, 3-5 PM
  • Halpern Centre, Rm 126, Burnaby campus
  • Admission is free but seating is limited. Please register online.

Refreshments will be provided.

This workshop is being facilitated by special guest, Dr. Nanda Dimitrov (see bio below) and has been organized in partnership between the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows (DGS), the Graduate Student Society (GSS), International Services for Students (ISS), and the Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching and Research (CELLTR).

For further information, contact Carolyn Hanna at

About the Facilitator

Dr. Nanda Dimitrov (Ph.D. Intercultural Communication, University of Minnesota, 2004) is the Associate Director of the Teaching Support Centre at Western University, and adjunct research scholar in the Centre for Reseach on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 

Her work as an educational developer focuses on graduate education, the preparation of future faculty and mentorship across cultures. Her most recent publications have explored the development of disciplinary communication competence among graduate students and investigated the impact of international TA training programs on the teaching competence of teaching assistants. She is the author of the  Western Guide to Mentoring Graduate Students Across Cultures (2009) and she has facilitate the transitions of students and faculty from over 50 countries, and led workshops on teaching and mentorship in intercultural settings at several universities in Canada, the U.S. and Switzerland.

See also:  Graduate Supervision and Mentorship Across Cultures workshop for Faculty and Staff