Doctoral supervision in a diverse, inclusive academic communityCourses for doctoral supervisors and daily advisors

Workshop information

Number of sessions: 2
Hours per session: 4

  • This workshop is open to all doctoral supervisors and daily advisors of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • In case of over-enrolment, priority will be given to doctoral supervisors and daily advisors of the Graduate School.
  • Consult our enrolment policy for a complete overview of the affiliated departments.


Telephone: +31 10 4082607

Session 1
October 2 (Monday) 2017
16:00 - 20:00 (refreshments will be provided)
EUR Woudestein campus Rotterdam (directions), VB-05

Session 2
November 6 (Monday) 2017
16:00 - 20:00 (refreshments will be provided)
EUR Woudestein campus Rotterdam (directions), VB-09


Graduate School departments increasingly draw an international PhD community and aim to understand the cultural challenges that come with such diversity. Some international PhD candidates may face difficulties and challenges related to expectations (of the PhD trajectory), cultural barriers, language barriers and experiences of exclusion.

As a result, many of our supervisors have indicated a need for support to improve and strengthen their supervision skills related to these challenges, as supervision is a crucial factor in the success of a PhD project and well-being of a PhD candidate.

This two-day workshop will provide doctoral supervisors and daily advisors with the tools to create a diversity sensitive and inclusive academic working environment.

Learning objectives

After completion of this workshop, you will:

  • Strengthen your skills in (intercultural) communication and diversity sensitive supervision.  
  • Become aware of your own style of supervision, strengths and pitfalls and how to deal with them.
  • Gain insight into educational theories on adult learning, diversity sensitive coaching and intercultural competences.  
  • Recognise different ‘types’ of PhD candidates and learn how to apply various coaching styles.
  • Develop a shared understanding of what a diversity sensitive and inclusive supervision consists of.
  • Share knowledge and experience with your colleagues.

Session descriptions

  • Session 1
    General diversity sensitive competences in the supervision of (international) PhD candidates

    • We will act out practical supervision situations with a training actor. By doing and experiencing, you will have insight in the essentials of diversity sensitive guiding and develop your skills.
    • The situations we practice will be placed against the background of theories on adult learning, diversity sensitive teaching and intercultural competences.
    • At the end of the day, you define skills you want to develop further.

  • Practical assignment
    You will prepare and convene a meeting with one of your PhD candidates by applying the insights of day 1. Preferably, you video-record the meeting or ask a colleague to observe it. Afterwards, you will reflect on the meeting and identify some critical moments (such as, moments that caused considerations, triggered questions, took a un/favorable turn).

  • Session 2
    Discussion practical assignment and role play

    • We will choose some of the critical moments from the practical assignments and study these in depth by means of role plays. For this, we will use a shortened version of ‘guided intervision’.
    • This means that critical moments will be analysed by a small group of colleagues. Based on their advice, alternative behaviour will be considered and acted out.
    • After the training, you can easily continue working this way with your colleagues to further improve diversity sensitive supervision at your department.

About the instructor

Dr. Hester Radstake wrote her PhD thesis on ‘Teaching in diversity’ in 2009 at the University of Amsterdam. It is an empirical study about tense situations that teachers and students of ethnically-diverse classes experience and how teachers can deal with them. She currently works as a teacher, teacher trainer, consultant and researcher in the field of diversity and higher education. In 2016, Hester Radstake also coordinated the Graduate School worksessions and interviews on Diversity sensitive supervision and teaching at the School.