Dean’s Office


Silvia Tomaskova

Dr. Silvia Tomášková
Dean, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies; Anthropology
ASC 402

Administration and Operations

Michele Bjornson
Manager, Administration and Operations
ASC 431


Heather Munn 
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
ASC 413


Julia Costa  
Assistant to the Dean
ASC 407

Associate Dean Portfolios

Associate Dean, Research, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Alison Conway
Professor, English and Cultural Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies
ASC 449

  • Provides leadership for designing, reviewing, and implementing a Faculty research plan;
  • Explores, promotes, and facilitates research and funding opportunities for faculty members;
  • Is accountable for any Indirect Costs of Research or overhead funds that may accrue from faculty members’ research or contracts;
  • Facilitates inter- and intra-Faculty scholarly collaborations as well as broader scholarly initiatives;
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of policies and procedures for supporting post-doctoral training and fellows;
  • Provides leadership that helps to develop, sustain, and support a culture of post-doctoral training across the Faculty;
  • Provides guidance for the management of post-doctoral fellowships and fellows.
  • Represents the Faculty on the College of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies Council· and other bodies, and at events, pertaining to graduate studies;
  • Addresses complaints and concerns about graduate student academic and non- academic misconduct; appeals of grades and academic standing; and supervision;
  • Is an advocate and leader for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary pedagogy and curriculum for graduate studies;
  • Supports the building of a community of graduate students in the Faculty
  • Coordinates the preparation and submission of calendar material for graduate programs in collaboration with Associate Deans (Teaching, Learning and Curriculum) and Heads;
  • Coordinates the preparation of publicity material for graduate programs, in collaboration with Heads and the Faculty’s Communications Manager;
  • Provides overall coordination of Interdisciplinary graduate studies themes in FASS, which includes duties such as:
  • Works with department heads and theme coordinators to set up the course schedule and instructors for the upcoming academic year;
  • Works with department heads and theme coordinators to process admissions, department head workload approvals for supervision;
  • Works with department heads and theme coordinators for TA positions, based on priority pool, and cross-faculty appointments;
  • Liaises with other faculties as required on issues related to IGS and themes specifically;
  • Serves as the FASS rep on the IGS Program and Curriculum committee;
  • Works with the FASS Finance Manager to oversee IGS resource allocations.
Colin McKay

Colin McKay
Manager of Research, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
ASC 406

ASSOCIATE DEAN, Undergraduate Students

Donna Senese
Associate Professor, Geography
ASC 404

Portfolio: Provides leadership for the development, implementation and sustenance of a strategic and holistic framework that ensures success for our undergraduate students throughout their life-cycle – from prospective students to graduates – through, among others:

  • coordinated undergraduate enrolment planning and management;
  • effective and efficient recruitment activities;
  • facilitation of admission and registration of high quality students;
  • provision of excellent educational experiences, both curricular and extra-curricular;
  • promotion of community, affinity, and supportive peer networks;
  • facilitation of access to relevant services, including academic and non-academic advising and support.
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Rohanna Wheatley
Support Services Assistant
ASC 407

Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

Bernard Momer
Associate Professor, Geography
ASC 450

Portfolio: Provides leadership for the development, implementation, and sustenance of a strategic approach to teaching, learning, and curriculum that is of the highest quality, pedagogically sound, fiscally prudent, socially responsive and adaptive; and facilitates the realization of competencies and outcomes that reflect our core mission and values through, among others:

  • facilitation of curriculum innovation and renewal within the Faculty, of cross-Faculty and cross-institutional collaborative programs, and of related consultation, approval, and implementation processes;
  • ongoing monitoring of curriculum effectiveness;
  • formal, regularly-scheduled self-studies and external reviews of academic programs;
  • promotion of effective and efficient experiential and co-curricular learning programs;
  • support for, and enhancement of, innovative teaching and learning initiatives;
  • promotion of a culture of recognition for innovative curricula and pedagogical accomplishments.
  • coordinating undergraduate awards and recognitions that are not related to research.

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Laura Wylie

Laura Wyllie
Curriculum Development & Academic Programs Manager
ASC 406

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Ashley Loura
Curriculum, Awards and Academic Programs Coordinator
ASC 406


Pieter Uni

Pieter Uni
Communications Manager
ASC 452

Lindsay Howe
Communications and Engagement Strategist
ASC 452

Meghan Reid
Web and Digital Media Coordinator
ASC 453

Marissa Liebel
Communications and Events Coordinator
ASC 453

For assistance with research-related finance or student hiring questions and transactions, please email

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Katelyn Singler (On Leave)
Finance Manager

Barbara Stein-Zarchikoff
Finance Assistant
250 807-8394
ASC 447

Jody Ainley 
Assistant, Strategic Personnel Planning and Development
ASC 455