Michelle McGinn

Interim 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 the formation and implementation of research teams that cut across subject matters and disciplines.

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 how science works. Her more recent research has focused predominantly on social science research teams and the broader research policy landscape in Ontario.

More recently, Dr. McGinn undertook, and has almost completed, a Mohawk College certificate in research administration co-offered by the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). This has given her a broad appreciation of the various staffing positions and roles that support research.

Some of Dr. McGinn’s initial priority areas include working with the Vice President, Research and the Associate Deans to consult on, and create, the Strategic Research Plan; updating research policies and procedures to ensure compliance and to streamline when appropriate; filling existing research support vacancies and enhancing research support from the offices of the Vice-President and Research Services. A major part of the position, however, involves responding to the (often time-sensitive) needs of researchers and coordinating the efforts of teams across campus.