Danish experience: How to be a better PhD. supervisor

  • 7 March 2023
    3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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As an experienced supervisor it can be problematic to build networks that will develop your supervision practices, provide you with tools to be a better supervisor, and find ways to solve dilemmas in your supervisory practice. This lecture will showcase some of the techniques and tools that we provide to a range of supervisors from different faculties across Aarhus University. Time will be given to try out 1-2 techniques for e.g. aligning expectations and providing text feedback with your colleagues, as well as an opportunity to discuss how they can become embedded in your everyday practice.

Preparation for the exercise on text feedback: Participants should bring an example (max 1-2 pages) of a (ph.d) student’s text with the supervisor’s comments.


Mette Krogh Christensen, PhD

Associate Professor, Aarhus University

My passion is to explore and support how professionals (e.g. teachers, health professionals, sport coaches) learn and perform in specialised and context-specific practices.

I have an academic background in the social sciences of sport and adult pedagogy. Today, my expertise revolve around situational and social aspects of teaching and learning. In particular, I am engaged in exploring the process of developing and changing professional identities among academics in higher education.

In my work as an experienced teacher and educational developer, I am rooted in John Dewey’s pragmatic theory of experiential learning and reflective thought and action and Pierre Bourdieu’s reflexive sociology.

I am deputy chair of the Danish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education (2014-present), chair of the Committee for Danish National Teaching Award (2020-present), and member of The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science (2019-present).

Sarah Robinson

Associate Professor, Aarhus University

Sarah Robinson is Associate Professor and Educational Anthropologist, at the Center for Educational Development, interested in the purpose of Higher Education and the future of the university. Her research spans curriculum reform, policy in practice, ethnographic methods, teacher agency and enterprise education. She has a strong international profile and has published in The Thinking University; A Philosophical Examination of Thought and Higher Education Springer (Bengtsen, S. & Barnett, R.; 2018) and The Idea of the University: Volume 2 – Contemporary Perspectives. Peter Lang (Peters, M. A., & Barnett, R. 2018), as well as being a co-author on Teacher Agency; An ecological approach (Priestley, Biesta & Robinson; 2015). Currently she is working with the development of a pedagogy for change through an exploration of academic identity and enterprise education in the Humanities.

Practical info

The workshop will be conducted in English.

During the workshop, we will offer you coffee, tea, and small sweets.


Room S116, Komenského náměstí 2, Brno.

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