Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


Ibraheem Dooba


The function of the supervisor is therefore significant in the entire research endeavour; and it has been argued that a major cause of failure to complete postgraduate degree is due to inadequate supervision (Welford, 2008). Recent investigations conducted in the USA by the Council of Graduate Schools revealed that mentoring/advising is the second highest (65%) factor contributing to respondents’ PhD completion; second only to financial support (80%) (Kirby, Sowell, Bell, & Naftel, 2009). The central role that supervisors play in students’ postgraduate expertise makes it necessary for supervisors to use their ability, knowledge, and the experiences of their colleagues to provide students the best supervision necessary.