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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

As of Monday, April 18th, our office in the Henry Hicks building reopened for in-person service, though staff will be following a hybrid arrangement that sees them dividing their time between the physical office and remote work. Given the hybrid working arrangements, virtual meetings continue to be most efficient. We encourage anyone looking to meet with one of our staff members to first contact Graduate.Studies@dal.ca with your request. We will then get back to you to determine an appropriate format for the meeting and schedule a time.


Senior team

Marty Leonard, Dean
grad.dean@dal.ca

Valerie Chappe, Associate Dean Students and Postdoctoral Fellows (Acting)
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
902-707-4305

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

Sarah Berrigan, Manager, Graduate Degree Progression and Completion
sarah.berrigan@dal.ca (for convocation inquiries, email fgs.convocation@dal.ca)
902-707-4303

  • Oversees graduate student program requirements and degree audits
  • Compiles and verifies convocation lists

Jaye Cartney, Grad Student Services Clerk
gradstudentservices@dal.ca
902-703-6861

  • Program and student services support

Dennis Cheng, Graduate Applications Coordinator
fgsapplications@dal.ca
902-706-3940

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

Nicole Fraser, Program Officer
program.officer@dal.ca
902-707-4299

  • Manages graduate program processes and procedures
  • Oversees graduate student progress reports and program changes

Lori Lawton, Graduate Academic Quality Assurance Coordinator
llawton@dal.ca
902-707-4285

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

Melissa Maloney, Graduate Admissions Clerk
fgsapplications@dal.ca
902-707-4291

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

Vicki Sullivan, Admissions Liaison Officer
vicki.sullivan@dal.ca
902-800-1740

  • Leads the Graduate Application team
  • Provides admission policies, requirements, procedures, education and support

Faryal Umer, Grad Student Services Clerk (Term)
gradstudentservices@dal.ca
902-706-3661

  • Program and student services support

Scholarships and funding

Niki Power, Scholarships Liaison Officer
fgs.slo@dal.ca
902-707-4301

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

Mary Anne Dib, Graduate Student Payment Specialist
gradfunding@dal.ca
902-707-4290

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

Fernando Cunha Neto, Finance and Awards Assistant
financial.coordinator@dal.ca
902-706-3659

  • Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants
  • Scholarship competition assistance
  • Financial clerk duties (invoices, SARs, journal entries)

Thesis and defence

Helena Martel, Senior Thesis Clerk
thesis@dal.ca
902-703-6898

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

Office administration

Trisha Estabrooks, Office and HR Manager
trisha.estabrooks@dal.ca
902-707-4300

  • Human resources
  • Assistant to the deans
  • Operational planning

Archana Sadana, Receptionist
graduate.studies@dal.ca
902-494-2485

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

Stephanie Theriault, Budget Officer
stephanie.theriault@dal.ca
902-707-4304

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

Marketing, communications and student engagement

Alejandra Ruiz, Manager, Strategy and Communications
alejandra.ruiz@dal.ca
902-800-1786

Kenneth Conrad, Communications Coordinator
fgs.communications@dal.ca
902-706-7252

  • Updates FGS website and forms

Mabel Ho, Director, Professional Development and Student Engagement
mabel.ho@dal.ca
902-707-4286

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

Paul Strople, IT Coordinator
gradrequests@dal.ca
902-707-4302

  • 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
902-706-7909