Check the thesis projects of our alumni.

Magdalena Martinez

PhD Candidate in Higher Education

Magda’s doctoral research examines the outreach 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.

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.

Summer Cowley

PhD Candidate in Higher Education

Summer’s doctoral research examines university president career stratification and university prestige in Canada and the United States. Her broader research work looks at university academic administrators’ careers, and the success and career outcomes of universities’ faculty and graduates. She is the current Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Higher Education and has worked as a research analyst at organizations studying higher education and public K-12 systems. Summmer’s LinkedIn and Twitter.

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.

Emina Veletanlic

PhD Student in Higher Education | Grant Development Specialist, York University

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. She received her BASc in Engineering Science (Nanoengineering) and MSc in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. Emina’s LinkedIn and Twitter.

Monica Munaretto

PhD Candidate 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jana Macalik

PhD Student in Higher Education | Associate Professor, OCAD University

Jana is investigating (de)differentiation in the context of specialized art & design universities in Canada, particularly the provincial differentiation frameworks that have posed a challenge to the unique model of art and design schools in higher education; among them, the economics of higher education being unfavourable to the studio-based approach. She holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University.

Ahmet Su

PhD Student in Higher Education

Ahmet’s doctoral studies at the University of Toronto focuses on International and Comparative higher education studies and policies. He previously worked as a teacher, language instructor and research assistant, and conducted studies on K-12 education and educational policies. Ahmet holds a PhD degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Akdeniz University (Turkey) and MA degree in Educational Sciences from Afyon Kocatepe University (Turkey). Ahmet’s Twitter, Linkedin, and ResearchGate.

Naomi Eichenlaub

PhD Student in Higher Education | Librarian, Ryerson University

Naomi’s research interests are at the intersection of higher education, academic libraries and research support. Naomi has a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and a Masters in Library and Information Studies, both from the University of British Columbia. Naomi’s ORCID.

Lisa Anketell

PhD Student in Higher Education | Program Consultant, Humber College ITAL

Lisa’s research focus is in quality assurance in innovative programs and projects in higher education, with a particular affinity for social innovation. She has more than 10 years of experience developing new academic programs in the Ontario college system, as well as experience in program review, renewal, and international development project management. Lisa holds a M.Ed. in Adult Education and Community Development with a collaborative program in Comparative, International and Development Education from U of T/OISE, and a B.A. Honours in Sociology from Queen’s University. Lisa’s LinkedIn

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