Co-supervision of doctoral students: Enhancing the learning experience

Pauline Paul, Joanne K. Olson, Raisa B. Gul

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the advantages and challenges of co-supervision of doctoral students, as found in the literature and from our experiences. We define co-supervision and then discuss the process in detail. Examples are based on experiences of co-supervision from faculty perspectives as well as from the point of view of a former doctoral student. We propose that the advantages of co-supervision far outweigh the challenges and should be regularly considered by seasoned academics to enhance student learning. In addition, we suggest that co-supervision is intellectually stimulating for academics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Co-supervision
  • Doctoral education
  • Doctoral nursing education
  • Graduate education
  • Joint supervision
  • Supervision


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