Check the thesis projects of our alumni.

Michael Klassen

PhD Candidate in Higher Education

Mike’s thesis research examines the political and organization dynamics of professional accreditation in comparative context, encompassing Australia, the UK, Singapore, and South Africa. He has presented and published on engineering leadership through his work with the University of Toronto Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering. Mike has a BASc in Engineering Science and an MA in Higher Education from the University of Toronto. Mike’s LinkedIn and Twitter.

Nadiia Kachynska

PhD Candidate in Higher Education

Nadiia’s thesis research focuses on higher education reforms in post-socialist countries. She has worked on leadership roles at two international branch campuses in the UAE, and she also has teaching and administrative experience at a public university in Ukraine. Nadiia holds a Doctoral degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Ukraine. Nadiia’s LinkedIn and Twitter.

Magdalena Martinez

PhD Candidate in Higher Education

Magda’s doctoral research examines the extension mission of Brazilian universities. She holds an MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Concordia University and an Honours BA in Anthropology and International Development from McGill University. Magdalena’s LinkedIn.

Donna Heslin

PhD Candidate in Higher Education | Manager, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnerships, Mississauga Economic Development Office

Donna’s thesis research focuses on entrepreneurship centres in Canadian post-secondary institutions. Her professional background includes co-launching and directing ICUBE, an incubator at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. She holds a BA in Sociology, a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology from the University of Toronto. Donna’s LinkedIn.

Summer Cowley

PhD Candidate in Higher Education

Summer’s research interests are focused on leaders in higher education institutions. Her doctoral thesis examines the effects of the status of credentials in the positions attained by university presidents. Summer holds an MEd from the University of Alberta and a BFA in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Summer’s Research Gate.

Clara Kim

PhD Student in Higher Education

Clara’s research interests are about the Korean diaspora in higher education. Clara holds a Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, in Human Development and Psychology. She graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education. Clara’s LinkedIn.

Emina Veletanlic

PhD Student in Higher Education | Manager Strategic Initiatives, Impact Centre

Emina’s research interests are at the intersection of science, innovation and higher education, including science policy and how postsecondary institutions engage with public and private partners for the purpose of innovation. Emina serves as Manager of Strategic Initiatives at the University of Toronto Impact Centre. She received her BASc in Engineering Science (Nanoengineering) and MSc in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. Emina’s LinkedIn and Twitter.

Scott Clerk

PhD Student in Higher Education | Director of International Education, Northern Light College

Scott’s research focuses on how higher education systems and institutions in the Global South engage in international cooperation, with a particular focus on Latin America. He holds an M.A. in Political Economy of Development from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. Honours in Global Development Studies and Economics from Queen’s University. Scott’s LinkedIn.

Cheryl Mitchell

PhD Student in Higher Education | Professor, Entrepreneurial Enterprise, Humber College

With a passion for entrepreneurship and post-secondary education, Cheryl has worked with many entrepreneurs who are looking to start, scale and grow their ideas and businesses. Cheryl is currently a professor and Acting Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Humber College. Cheryl holds a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University and a Master of Education from Acadia University. Cheryl’s LinkedIn.

Monica Munaretto

PhD Student in Higher Education | Manager, Graduate Student Life, Western University

Monica’s research focuses on the career paths of doctoral students and institutional activity supporting doctoral students’ preparation for careers outside the professoriate. Monica has extensive experience in student affairs, and she has also been a sessional instructor in Classical Studies and Archaeology for over a decade. Monica holds an MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of British Columbia, and an MEd in Higher Education from OISE. Monica’s LinkedIn.

Dave Mammoliti

PhD Student in Higher Education | Director, Executive Programs at DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Dave’s role at McMaster University oversees program innovation and building strategic partnerships for the Executive Programs division of the DeGroote School of Business. Given the significant expansion of micro-credentials within US institutions, the focus of Dave’s research explores the response from Canadian Business Schools to offering micro-credentials within their program portfolios. Dave has a Masters in Education from Brock University specializing in Administration and Leadership in Higher Education. Dave’s LinkedIn.