Research Team

Ben CraseMarc Gurrisi | Hiro Hiratsuka | Donna Heslin | Chris Holt | Michael Klassen | Clara Kim | Amy Lemay | Magdalena Martinez | Monica Munaretto | Emma Sabzalieva | Emina Veletanlic | Alumni


BenBen Crase

Ben is currently an M.A. student in the Higher Education and Educational Policy Program at OISE/UofT. Before returning to graduate school, he worked in the fields of advancement and student affairs. He holds an Honours B.A. in History and European Studies from the University of Toronto. Ben’s current research interests relate to student engagement, undergraduate teaching, organizational theory and institutional theory.
Ben’s LinkedIn profile & Twitter.

Marc Gurrisimarcos

Marc holds a Master of Education from York University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from McMaster University. His research interests surround entrepreneurship and innovation programs within Ontario, with particular emphasis on the impact on student learning and skills development across disciplines. He has experience working for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), wherein he was involved with several learning outcomes assessment projects, as well as experience liaising with faculty and students at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He is currently a Research & Policy Analyst at the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. 

fullsizeoutput_168Hiro Hiratsuka

Hiro moved from Tokyo to Toronto to start his doctoral studies in Higher Education. Passionate about working with people from different cultures, his move to Toronto to study about managing diversity at the doctoral level is a natural progression of his life. The first Connaught Scholar at OISE, Hiro’s expertise includes intercultural education, intercultural conflict resolution, and managing diversity. He holds an MA in International Education, and worked at universities in the U.S. from 2002 to 2008. He also completed his MA in Peace Studies in Japan in 2010, and worked at universities in the Tokyo area from 2010 to 2016. Being encouraged by his families and friends, now he focuses his study on building a culture of peace and collaboration. Hiro also works as an independent evaluator and educational consultant for universities and educational foundations in Japan. Hiro’s CV.

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Donna began her PhD studies in Higher Education in 2015. Her research interests are in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation within Canadian post-secondary institutions. Her specific areas of interest include student experience and engagement tied to entrepreneurial education and experiential learning. Donna is currently the Director, Graduate Programs and External Relations for the Institute of Management & Innovation (IMI) at the U of T Mississauga (UTM). Donna is also Director of ICUBE, the campus linked entrepreneurship space at (UTM). She holds a BA in Sociology, a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.

ChrisChris Holt

Chris is a PhD Student in Higher Education. After a 20-year tour of duty in the business sector that included positions in the management consulting field, the tech industry and the global financial sector, Chris returned to school in 2015 to apply this business background toward the rapidly evolving field of management education. His specific research focus lies in entrepreneurship education (pedagogy, institutionalization, and outcomes measurement) although he is also interested in the fundamental management education issues raised by the recent growth of entrepreneurship education programs. Chris is a former member of the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative Investments, a peer-reviewed journal based at the University of Massachusetts, and the founder of a widely-read blog covering academic research in the field of finance. He holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. Chris’ Linkedin profile.

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Mike is a PhD student in Higher Education. He studies the political and organization dynamics of professional accreditation in comparative context. His MA thesis focuses on how interest groups shape changes to engineering accreditation policy in Canada, USA, UK, South Africa and Australia. He plans to follow this line of inquiry with empirical studies of implementation in his doctoral thesis. Mike has a BASc in Engineering Science and has presented and published on engineering leadership through his work with the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering at U of T. Mike’s LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Clara is a PhD student in Higher Education. She 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 has been a Research Assistant since fall 2016, working under the supervision of Dr. Sá. Her research interests include studying the relationship between corporations and universities, and seeking ways to cultivate more mutually beneficial partnerships. She has an interest in studying both Canadian and US higher education institutions.

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Amy has been working in knowledge mobilization and technology commercialization for more than 20 years. She works with researchers and research organizations to position their research for enhanced socio-economic impacts. Amy’s research interests have emerged from this work and include understanding how academic research is used to inform policy, program and service delivery decisions in various sectors. She is particularly interested in the social impacts of academic research and how those impacts can be used to demonstrate the full benefits of research. Amy recently received funding for a MITACS Accelerate Internship to study how research is used by a Public Health Unit. Amy is also interested in novel qualitative research methods, particularly those based on inductive, social constructivist frameworks and artistic approaches to knowledge production. Amy has an M.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology and B.Sc.Agr. in Environmental Biology from the Ontario Agriculture College, University of Guelph and a B.Ed. from Brock University. Amy’s CV

BioPhoto_MartinezMagdalena Martinez

Magdalena is a PhD student in Higher Education. She holds a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Concordia University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and International Development from McGill University. Currently, Magdalena is a research assistant, working with Dr. Sá on a SSHRC-funded project on academic collaboration between Canada and Brazil. Her current research interests relate to access to Higher Education, administration and governance, and comparative education in Canada and Brazil. Magdalena’s LinkedIn profile.

Monica Munarettomm

Monica is a PhD student in Higher Education. Her current research under the direction of Dr. Sá focuses on the career paths of doctoral students and institutional activity supporting doctoral students’ preparation for careers outside the professoriate. Her broader interests in higher education include student success, transfer credit articulation and mobility, and human capital development of Canada’s graduate student population. Monica has extensive experience in student affairs, having worked in various roles in student recruitment, admissions, academic advising and student life at institutions in Ontario and BC. She has also been a sessional instructor in Classical Studies and Archaeology for over a decade, most recently at Wilfrid Laurier University. Monica holds a Master of Arts (Classical Archaeology) from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Education (Higher Education) from OISE/UofT.

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Emma is a PhD student in Comparative and International Higher Education. Her core research interest is social change in contemporary Central Asia, which she examines through the lens of higher education. Her wider research interests in higher education include the impact of internationalization and globalization processes, nation building, university/community engagement, higher education management and the history of universities.Emma joined the team as a Research Assistant in fall 2015, working with Dr Sá on an Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF) funded project exploring how Canadian provinces can become more attractive to international students based on a comparative review of the policy tools and programs of competing provincial/international jurisdictions. Prior to moving to Canada in 2015, Emma pursued a successful career as a university administrator in Central Asia and the UK, has published on Central Asian higher education, and is co-author of Managing your career in higher education administration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Emma’s blog on higher education and social change in Central Asia
Emma’s LinkedIn profile

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Emina is a PhD student in Higher Education. Her 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 also currently serves as Manager of Strategic Initiatives at U of T’s Impact Centre. Prior to that, she worked as an engineer in the electronics industry and also conducted R&D related to a nanotech start-up. Emina also spent some time as an economic development researcher looking at regional industry sectors and preparing business cases for R&D-intensive firms investing in Canadian science and technology. She currently volunteers for a local charity to help advance science education in low-resource settings. Emina received her BASc in Engineering Science (Nanoengineering) and MSc in Chemistry from U of T. Emina’s LinkedIn profile and Twitter.

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