Dr. Michelle McGinn

Associate Vice-President, Research and Professor (PhD), Department of Educational Studies

Portrait of Michelle McGinn. Michelle is wearing a black shirt and glasses. She is sitting outside and a green space is visible behind her.

St. Catharines, ON
Office: ST 1361A
905 688 5550 x5024

Michelle McGinn is Associate Vice-President, Research and Professor of Education. She holds a PhD in Education from Simon Fraser University and a certificate in Research Administration from Mohawk College. Her primary interests include research collaboration, researcher development, scholarly writing, mentorship, and ethics in academic practice for graduate students and established scholars. She is a co-investigator on the nationally funded “Academic Researchers in Challenging Times” project, where she is exploring the careers, practices, and identities of social science scholars and research administrators (see arictproject.com). Connect via Twitter @dr_mkmcginn or LinkedIn.

  • Research ethics
  • Research teams and collaboration
  • Researcher development
  • Graduate student development
  • Mentoring and mentorship
  • Research methodologies
  • Situated learning
  • Canadian Association of Research Administrators
  • Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education
  • International Doctoral Education Research Network
  • Researcher Education and Careers Special Interest Group

Lokhtina, I. A., Castelló, M., Lambrechts, A. A., Löfström, E., McGinn, M. K., Skakni, I., & van der Weijden, I. C. M. (2022). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early career researcher activity, development, career, and well-being: The state of the art. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 13(3), 245–265. https://doi.org/10.1108/SGPE-10-2021-0076 [Lokhtina is project lead; other authors are listed alphabetically]

Martinovic, D., McGinn, M. K., McQuirter Scott, R., & Obradović-Ratković, S. (2022). Conceptualising generous scholarship. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 10(1), 42–53. https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v10i1.494 [authorship shared equally]

Acker, S., & McGinn, M. K. (2021). Fast professors, research funding, and the figured worlds of mid-career Ontario academics. Brock Education, 30(2), 79–98. https://doi.org/10.26522/BrockEd.V30i2.864

Karram Stephenson, G., & McGinn, M. K. (2021). Professors in Canada: Experiences of academic life—A special issue [Guest editorial]. Brock Education, 30(2), 6–11. https://doi.org/10.26522/Brocked.V30i2.922

Wisker, G., McGinn, M. K., Bengtsen, S. S. E., Lokhtina, I., He, F., Cornér, S., Leshem, S., Inouye, K., & Löfström, E. (2021). Remote doctoral supervision experiences: Challenges and affordances. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 58(6), 612–623. https://doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2021.1991427 [Löfström is team leader; others are listed in order of contribution]

McGinn, M. K., & Niemczyk, E. K. (2020). Team dynamics and learning opportunities in social science research teams. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 66(4), 364–386. https://doi.org/10.11575/ajer.v66i4.56459

Acker, S., McGinn, M. K., & Campisi, C. (2019). The work of university research administrators: Praxis and professionalization. Journal of Praxis in Higher Education, 1(1), 61–85. https://doi.org/10.47989/kpdc67

McGinn, M. K., Acker, S., Vander Kloet, M., & Wagner, A. (2019). Dear SSHRC, what do you want? An epistolary narrative of expertise, identity, and time in grant writing. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 20(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-20.1.3128

McGinn, M. K., Ratković, S., Martinovic, D., & McQuirter Scott, R. (2019). Creating and sustaining a community of academic writing practice: The multi-university residential academic writing retreat model. In N. Simmons & A. Singh (Ed.), Critical collaborative communities: Academic writing partnerships, groups, and retreats (pp. 136–148). Brill/Sense.

Ratković, S., McGinn, M. K., Martinovic, D., & McQuirter Scott, R. (2019). A shared cabin in the woods: The presence and presents of writing in residential academic writing retreats. Writing and Pedagogy, 11(2), 165–194. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.35630

Acker, S., Wagner, A., & McGinn, M. K. (2018). Research leaders and student collaborators: Insights from Canada. In L. Gornall, B. Thomas, & L. Sweetman (Eds.), Exploring consensual leadership in higher education: Co-operation, collaboration and partnership (pp. 113–128). Bloomsbury.

McGinn, M. K. (2018). Teaching and researching ethically: Guidance for instructor-researchers, educational developers, and research ethics personnel. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.5206/cjsotl-­rcacea.2018.1.2

SSHRC Insight Grant, Academic researchers in challenging times (PI: Sandra Acker, OISE/UToronto)