Michelle McGinn

Associate Vice-President, Research

Formerly Associate Dean, Graduate Student Services, Research, and International in the Faculty of Education, Dr. McGinn brings to the position her expertise in higher education, particularly related to research collaboration, researcher development, and ethics in academic practice.

Her early dissertation work focused on the sociology of science, where she had the chance to interact with a range of scientists and document their work practices, which gave her an understanding of the ways that science and scientists work. Her more recent research has focused predominantly on social science research teams and the broader research policy landscape in Ontario. She has also published about the effects of the pandemic on researchers and graduate supervision.

Complementing her research and administrative experience, Dr. McGinn completed the Mohawk College certificate in research administration, a partnership with the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). This program gave her a broad appreciation of the various staff positions and roles that support the research enterprise.

Major elements of Dr. McGinn’s portfolio include overseeing research access throughout the pandemic, promoting the responsible conduct of research, and supporting Brock’s Canada Research Chairs program. Day-to-day work involves responding to the (often time-sensitive) needs of researchers and coordinating the efforts of teams across campus.