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Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is a deliberative, administrative, and executive body responsible directly to Senate but otherwise autonomous. Its membership consists of the Chancellor, the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies (Chair), the Associate Deans of Graduate Studies, the Faculty Deans, the University Librarian, the University Registrar, the Secretary of Senate, the Vice-President (Research and International Affairs), the Associate Registrar and Graduate Secretary, eighteen faculty members (three from each faculty), and twelve graduate students (two from each faculty).

The responsibilities of the Graduate Council have been specified in some detail by Senate and are outlined in the By-laws of the Senate of McMaster University and the Senate Resolutions (Article X). The more significant ones may be summarized by noting that it regulates matters concerning graduate work of common concern to the entire University, acts upon recommendations concerning graduate work from each Faculty upon matters of particular concern to that Faculty, reports to Senate on graduate matters, recommends candidates for graduate degrees, stipulates conditions for the awarding of graduate scholarships, and stipulates the departments eligible to offer graduate work.

For more information about the governing bodies of McMaster University, please visit the Senate webpage.


Chair: Dr. Doug Welch (deangrad), Vice-Provost & Dean of Graduate Studies

Deputy Chairs
Dr. Gillian Mulvale (mulvaleg) Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Research (Business)
Dr. Steve Hanna (adeanhsc), Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Health Sciences)
Dr. Martin Horn (adeangrh), Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Research (Humanities)
Dr. James Gillett (gillett), Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Research (Social Sciences)
Dr. Michael Thompson (adeangse), Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Engineering)
Dr. Bhagwati Gupta (adeangss), Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Science)

Secretary (without vote):  Stephanie Baschiera (baschie)
Assistant Secretary (without vote):  Christina Bryce (cbryce)

Ex-officio Members
Dr. David Farrar, Acting President & Vice-Chancellor
Ms. Santee Smith, Chancellor
Dr. Susan Tighe, Provost & VP (Academic)
Dr. Peter Mascher, VP (International Affairs)
Dr. Khaled Hassanein (deanbus), Dean of Business
Dr. Maureen MacDonald (deansci), Dean of Science
Dr. Pamela Swett (deanhum), Dean of Humanities
Dr. Paul O’Byrne (deanfhs), Dean & Vice President (Health Sciences)
Dr. Heather Sheardown (deaneng), Acting Dean of Engineering
Dr. Jerry Hurley (deansoc), Dean of Social Sciences

Ex-officio Members (without vote)
Andrea Thyret-Kidd, University Secretary
Melissa Pool, University Registrar
Vivian Lewis, University Librarian

Elected Faculty Members

Dr. Trevor Chamberlain, Finance and Business Economics (2024)
Dr. Mahmut Parlar, Operations Management (2023)
Dr. Ruhai Wu, Marketing (2024)

Dr. Joey Kish, Materials Science & Engineering (2024)
Dr. Bill Farmer, Computing and Software (2023)
Dr. Sarah Dickson, Civil Engineering (2022)

Health Sciences:     
Dr. Sandeep Raha, Pediatrics (2023)
Dr. Judy West-Mays, Medical Sciences (2022)
Dr. Zena Samaan, Psychiatry (2022)

Dr. Sarah Brophy, English and Cultural Studies (2023)
Dr. Tracey McDonald, History (2024)
Dr. Magda Stroinska, Linguistics and Languages (2022)

Dr. An-Chang Shi, Physics & Astronomy (2023)

Social Sciences:  
Dr. Netina Tan, Political Science (2022)
Dr. Andrew Roddick, Anthropology (2024)
Dr. Michelle Dion, Political Science (2023)

Student Representatives

Business: PhD: Mahdi Abouei MBA:  Glothen Sirisegaram (Fall) Victoria Mazzarolo (Winter)
Health Sciences: Nirushi Kuhathasan, Sarah Medeiros
Social Science:

Observer (without vote): President, Graduate Students Association

Quorum: One third of the voting members including one-third of the elected faculty members