Council of Graduate Deans

​​​​​​​​Graduate education is a shared activity, and the quality of graduate programs is a shared value. As such, consultative groups are in place within our academic community to ensure there is appropriate discussion before key policy and regulation recommendations are made to the Graduate Education Council​ and subsequent levels of governance. While Graduate Education Council is the highest governance body of the School of Graduate Studies, the Council of Graduate Deans (CGD) is one such consultative group.

Since 2006, the CGD meets on a regular basis (monthly during the academic year) for information exchange, discussion, and consultation. The CGD is a forum for the discussion of changes to policies and procedures​ and of emerging issues affecting graduate education. The perspective brought by the various faculty graduate vice-deans is significant, given the size and complexity of graduate education at the University of Toronto.

Meeting Schedule 2016-20​17

September 27, 2016
October 25, 2016
November 22, 2016
January 24, 2017
February 28, 2017 ​
March 28, 2017
April 25, 2017
May 23​, 2017

Date & Time

CGD meetings are typically scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.


School of Graduate Studies, Room 201 (second floor), 65 St. George Street.​​

CGD Membership

The Council consists of the SGS Dean / Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education; the two SGS Vice-Deans; the Vice/Associate Deans (Graduate) of all the multi-department Faculties; the Vice-Deans Graduate of UTM and UTSC, and the Rotman School of Management; and a representative of the single-department Faculties. In addition, the SGS Directors serve as resources to the group.

2016-2017 Members

Locke Rowe, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education (Chair)
Luc De Nil, SGS Vice-Dean, Students
Liz Smyth, SGS Vice-Dean, Programs
Joshua Barker, Vice-Dean, Graduate Education and Program Reviews​​, Faculty of Arts and Science
Markus Bussmann, Vice-Dean Graduate Studies, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Ken Corts, Vice-Dean, Faculty and Research​, Rotman School of Management
Allan Kaplan, Vice-Dean, Graduate and Life Sciences Education, Faculty of Medicine
Douglas McDougall, Associate Dean, Programs, OISE
Robert Reisz, Vice-Dean, Graduate, UTM
Mary Silcox, Vice-Dean, Graduate, UTSC
Linda Johnston, Dean, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (Single-Department Faculties Representative)
Corey Dales, SGS Director, Information Systems
Jane Freeman, SGS Director, English Language & Writing Support
Christy Kim, SGS Director, Business and Operations
Laura Strathopolous, SGS, Director, Student Services
Lisa Haley, SGS Associate Director, Awards


Dianne Heximer
Council Secretary