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Meet our team

Message from the Dean

While you may be a master’s or doctoral student studying with one of the many departments across Dalhousie’s four campuses, you are a Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) student. We are here to support and encourage you along every step of your program. Think of our team as a travelling companion on this exciting journey. When you don’t know which way to go, just ask. We’ll help point you in the right direction.

– Dean Marty Leonard, Faculty of Graduate Studies


Email: graduate.studies@dal.ca

Phone: 902-494-2485

Office Hours: Monday to Friday,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. AST

Room 314, Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building 
6299 South Street 
PO BOX 15000 
Halifax, NS, Canada, B3H 4R2


Senior team

Marty Leonard, Dean
grad.dean@dal.ca

Valerie Chappe, Associate Dean Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
valerie.chappe@dal.ca

  • Appeals
  • Academic integrity
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Thesis and defence
  • Student and faculty issues

Adam Donaldson, Associate Dean Scholarships and Programs
adam.donaldson@dal.ca

  • Scholarships
  • New programs
  • Program modification
  • Curriculum issues
  • Program reviews

Hany El Naggar, Associate Dean Student/Supervisor Relationships
hany.elnaggar@dal.ca

  • Best practices in grad student supervision
  • Outreach and education

Staff

Admissions and programs

Tasha-Lynn Baxter, Senior Manager, Academic Regulations and Student Services
tashalynn.baxter@dal.ca

  • Leads the FGS student service team
  • Strategic planning for enrolment and retention
  • Academic regulations management

Sarah Berrigan, Admissions and Convocation Officer
sarah.berrigan@dal.ca (for convocation inquiries, email fgs.convocation@dal.ca)

  • Administers admission decisions
  • Compiles and verifies convocation lists

Jaye Cartney, Grad Student Services Clerk
gradstudentservices@dal.ca

  • Program and student services support

Dennis Cheng, Graduate Applications Coordinator
fgsapplications@dal.ca

  • Oversees processing of admission application files
  • Oversees processing of VGRS applications
  • Electronic reference processing and support

Nicole Fraser, Program Officer (Term)
program.officer@dal.ca

  • Manages graduate program processes and procedures
  • Oversees graduate student program requirements and program changes

Lori Lawton, Graduate Academic Quality Assurance Coordinator
llawton@dal.ca

  • FGS memberships
  • Graduate calendar
  • Governance committees
  • Curriculum
  • Program modifications/reviews

Melissa Maloney, Graduate Admissions Clerk
fgsapplications@dal.ca

  • Supports processing of admission application files
  • Electronic reference processing and support

Faryal Umer, Grad Student Services Clark (Term)
gradstudentservices@dal.ca

  • Program and student services support

Scholarships and funding

Niki Power, Scholarships Liaison Officer
fgs.slo@dal.ca

  • Liaison Officer and scholarship administration for NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR
  • Administers scholarship competitions
  • Killam administrator
  • Administers Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship competition

Mary Anne Dib, Senior Funding Clerk
gradfunding@dal.ca

  • Coordinates FGS scholarship allocation process
  • Administers graduate student payments
  • Provides information to departments and students concerning scholarship funding

Fernando Cunha Neto, Graduate Funding Assistant (Term)
gradfunding@dal.ca

  • Assists in the processing of graduate student scholarship payments
  • Provides funding information to students, graduate coordinators, administrative staff and researchers

Thesis and defence

Helena Martel, Senior Thesis Clerk
thesis@dal.ca

  • Provides information on all matters related to thesis preparation
  • Coordinates thesis submissions
  • Arranges doctoral defences                           

Office administration

Trisha Estabrooks, Acting Office and HR Administrator
trisha.estabrooks@dal.ca

  • Human resources
  • Assistant to the deans
  • Operational planning

Archana Sadana, Acting Receptionist
graduate.studies@dal.ca

  • Phone, email and walk-in reception
  • Track incoming grad-related forms and documents

Stephanie Theriault, Budget Officer
stephanie.theriault@dal.ca

  • Finance
  • Operating and scholarship budgets
  • Annual Killam Event organizer

Marketing, communications and student engagement

Kenneth Conrad, Communications Coordinator
fgs.communications@dal.ca

  • Updates FGS website and forms

Mabel Ho, Director, Professional Development and Student Engagement
mabel.ho@dal.ca

  • Manages student experience portfolio
  • Dal GradPD
  • Together@Dal: Grad Edition orientation program    

Paul Strople, IT Coordinator
gradrequests@dal.ca

  • Development of FGS website and information systems
  • Administration of FGS database systems and reports

Interdisciplinary PhD program (IDPhD)

Peter Tyedmers, IDPhD Director
peter.tyedmers@dal.ca

Khoi Truong, IDPhD Graduate Secretary
idphd@dal.ca