Council of Graduate Deans (CGD)


​Graduate education is a shared activity, and the quality of graduate programs is a shared value. As such, consultative groups are in place within our academic community to ensure there is appropriate discussion before key policy and regulation recommendations are made to the Graduate Education Council (GEC) and subsequent levels of governance. While Graduate Education Council is the highest governance body of the School of Graduate Studies, the Council of Graduate Deans (CGD) is one such consultative group.

Since 2006, the CGD meets on a regular basis (monthly during the academic year) for information exchange, discussion, and consultation. The CGD is a forum for the discussion of changes to policies and procedures​ and of emerging issues affecting graduate education. The perspective brought by the various faculty graduate vice-deans is significant, given the size and complexity of graduate education at the University of Toronto.

Meeting Schedule (2022–2023)

  • September 27, 2022
  • October 25, 2022
  • November 22, 2022
  • January 24, 2023
  • February 28, 2023
  • March 28, 2023
  • April 25, 2023
  • May 23, 2023

CGD Membership

The Council consists of the SGS Dean & Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education; the two SGS Vice-Deans; the Vice / Associate Deans (Graduate) from the multi- and single-department Faculties; the Vice-Deans Graduate of UTM and UTSC. In addition, the SGS staff serve as resources to the Council.​

Members (2022–2023)

  • Professor Julie Audet, Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
  • Professor Joshua Barker (Chair), Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education
  • Professor Carolyn Cummins, Director, Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Professor Kathy DeCelles, Director, PhD Program, Rotman School of Management
  • Professor Dionne Gesink, Associate Dean, Graduate, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Professor Vina Goghari, Vice-Dean, Research and Program Innovation, School of Graduate Studies
  • Professor Antoinette Handley, Vice-Dean, Graduate Education, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Professor Rene Harrison, Vice-Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Professor Jeannie Kim, Associate Dean, Academic, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
  • Professor Ernie Lam, Associate Dean, Graduate Education, Faculty of Dentistry
  • Professor Eunjung Lee, Associate Dean, Academic, Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
  • Professor Heather MacNeil, Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Information
  • Professor Sarfaroz Niyozov, Acting Associate Dean, Programs, Ontario Institute for Student in Education
  • Professor Justin Nodwell, Vice-Dean, Research and Graduate Education, Temerty Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Jeff Packman, Associate Dean, Graduate Education, Faculty of Music
  • Professor Ajay Rao, Vice-Dean Graduate, University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Professor Ashley Stirling, Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
  • Professor Robyn Stremler, Acting Associate Dean (Academic), Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
  • Professor Ann Tourangeau, Associate Dean (Academic), Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
  • Professor Yana Yunusova, Acting Vice-Dean, Students, School of Graduate Studies
  • TBC, Associate Dean, Graduate Program, Faculty of Law