Building Successful Academic Relationships Across Cultures

Dr. Nanda Dimitrov
Director, Teaching Support Centre
Western University

This session is open to Graduate Students and Postdocs.

As a graduate student and scholar, you will collaborate and teach across cultures throughout your academic career. Join us to learn strategies for navigating cultural differences in communication styles, expectations, feedback and collaboration with your supervisors, peers and students or anyone with whom you work collaboratively across global and disciplinary cultures.

During the session, you will work together with others to develop strategies for responding to challenging supervision scenarios; practice giving and receiving feedback across cultures effectively, navigating the power gap between you and your supervisor and explore strategies for getting the mentorship you need to succeed in a global academic and professional environment in graduate school and beyond.

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Dr. Nanda Dimitrov is an educational developer and intercultural communication scholar exploring critical issues in internationalizing higher education through an intercultural communication lens at Western University, Canada where she is the Director of the Teaching Support Centre, and holds an adjunct research professor appointment in the Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the Faculty of Education.

Nanda’s work focuses on TA development, doctoral education, mentorship across cultures, and interculturalizing the curriculum. Her recent publications have explored disciplinary communication competence, the impact of International TA training programs, and the development of intercultural teaching competence.

She has facilitated workshops on graduate supervision and teaching across cultures at eleven universities, including UBC, SFU, and York University; as well as the meetings of provincial and national associations of Graduate Studies (CAGS; OCGS and NEAGS). Outside Canada, she has facilitated teaching workshops at universities in Switzerland, and Hong Kong.

For a list of her publications, please go to:




Macdonald Building, University Hall
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia



Additional Information

Following session is hosted in partnership through the Centre for Learning and Teaching and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University.


Centre for Learning and Teaching
Dalhousie University
Tel: 902.494.1622