Helping students thrive
Dr. Karen Spalding
Director, Master of Health Administration (Community Care)
Ted Rogers School of Management
Before helping to launch the Master of Health Administration (Community Care) (MHA(CC)) in 2018, Dr. Karen Spalding led the development of the Master of Nursing (MN), the first graduate program in the Faculty of Community Services. As director of the groundbreaking, modular MHA(CC), Dr. Spalding is driven to fill gaps in educational opportunities for students.
How has the response been to the MHA(CC)?
Students have said the program provided exactly what they needed to learn and expanded their perspective on health care, which is what you want for graduate students.
The first cohort has just finished so it’s very exciting to watch what they accomplish in their careers, much like the MN alumni.
How do you support graduate students as a supervisor?
Recognizing that graduate students in this day and age have multiple responsibilities, I am there to support them via regular meetings, setting expectations, giving feedback and working as a team but also pushing them to think broadly.
I learn a lot from my students as well so it’s a privilege to work with them. Also, I miss working with patients and families so indirectly improving their situation through my students is rewarding.
What advice do you have for graduate students?
Make the most of all the resources available to you as a grad student. At Ryerson, there are lots of opportunities to get involved, such as committees, YSGS and Faculty events, etc.
Get to know your fellow graduate students. I’ve kept in touch with people from my master’s and PhD programs and to this day we continue to share ideas and support each other.
Photo: Ian Patterson