To develop the program, Martin and her team will be interviewing research leaders at labs, research and development companies, and national and governmental organizations to determine the specific competencies required for researchers to rise to leadership positions outside of the professoriate.
“The way we envision it, some of the people we interview might be the subject of case studies, which can then be discussed in the workshops,” says Martin.
One of the conditions for the funding was that the project have an impact on another English institution, which prompted Concordia to approach McGill. While Concordia is heading the undertaking, partners from McGill’s SKILLSETS program will provide input throughout the development process.
“McGill has different programs and approaches, so looking at the needs of their students along with ours gives us more perspective in understanding the general needs of research students at the PhD level and helps us further assess the job market,” says Kathleen Boies, an associate professor of management in the John Molson School of Business and Concordia University Research Chair in Leadership Development, who is heading the project alongside Martin.
“The more heads the better when developing programs and content, so we’ll benefit from their expertise.”
The new research leadership program is set to launch in September 2016, with GradProSkills holding a number of pilot workshops this spring.
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