SGS contacts

If you are a current graduate student or faculty/staff, please feel free to contact the appropriate individual within the School of Graduate Studies.


Dr. Aimée Surprenant (more...)
Dean of Graduate Studies
Phone: 1-709-864-2478

Dr. Danine Farquharson (more...)
Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Phone: 1-709-864-2478

Ms. Annette Williams
Secretary to the Deans
The Deans’ Secretary manages Dean/Associate Deans’ scheduling and appointments; processes student requests for conference travel; prepares various status letters for students; and prepares agendas/minutes for Academic Council Executive and the Academic Council.
Phone: 1-709-864-2478

Ms. Krista Shea, BBA
Committees Secretary
The Committees Secretary is responsible for all reviews, ad hoc committees, and appeals/investigations for the School, and supports the Interdisciplinary PhD program.
Phone: 1-709-864-2435

Mr. Andrew Kim, BSc (Hon.), MBA
Director, Graduate Enrolment Services
The Director, Graduate Enrolment Services oversees recruitment, marketing, admissions, records, programs, and student outreach for the graduate school; takes responsibility for academic advising and regulations and information systems; manages international partnerships and agreements; oversees day-to-day operations of SGS and HR activities; and leads special projects.
Phone: 1-709-864-8847

Ms. Carol Sullivan, BBA, MBA
Manager, Fellowships and Awards
The Manager of Fellowships and Awards manages the SGS budget and the allocation and budgeting processes for the School’s fellowships and awards. In addition, the Manager oversees graduate scholarships, endowment funds and payroll processes for all graduate students.
Phone: 1-709-864-3425


Ms. Chunyan Zhu, BEd, MEd
Recruitment and Retention Coordinator
The Recruitment and Retention Coordinator is responsible for graduate prospect management, student recruitment, student statistical data, information sessions and webinars, and campus visits.
Phone: 1-709-864-2480

Ms. Ashley Hurley, BA, CCM, MPC
Marketing Coordinator
The Marketing Coordinator is responsible for managing all the graduate school’s websites, social media, publications, event planning, the graduate newsletter, and general communications.
Phone: 1-709-864-3581


Ms. Kim Hearn
Admissions Officer
The Admissions Officer oversees Admissions Group and processing, coordinates graduate student admissions, and verifies supporting documents of admitted students.
Phone: 1-709-864-2446 

Ms. Heather Harris
Applications Officer
The Applications Officer processes graduate applications and supporting documents, responds to applicant and admission inquiries, and assists the Admissions Officer as required.
Phone: 1-709-864-6907

Ms. Athena Farr
Applications Officer
The Applications Officer processes graduate applications and supporting documents, responds to applicant and admission inquiries, and assists the Admissions Officer as required.
Phone: 1-709-864-2444

Ms. Diana Joanes
The Receptionist provides front counter service to faculty and students, completes confirmation of enrolment letters and forms, and responds to general inquiries.
Phone: 1-709-864-2445 


Ms. Sharon Winsor
Records and Registration Officer
The Records and Registration Officer is responsible for confirming graduate enrolment, academic reporting (ESL, animal care, registration, study permits, supervisory reports, time in program), student number generation, and administering leaves of absence, withdrawals, and program termination.
Phone: 1-709-864-2447


Ms. Gail Lamkin
Scholarships Officer
The Scholarships Officer administers all graduate scholarships and awards, including the tri-council (NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR) graduate scholarships, and coordinates the Annual Awards Ceremony.
Phone: 1-709-864-2600

Ms. Katrina Arbuckle
Fellowships Officer
The Fellowships Officer approves SGS graduate student funding, maintains graduate student funding records, approves student payroll forms, records and maintains recoveries of funds to SGS, and processes changes to graduate student status.
Phone: 1-709-864-2441

Mr. Sheridan Moores, BA
Financial Assistant
The Financial Assistant administers graduate student payroll forms and payroll deductions.
Phone: 1-709-864-6906


Ms. Ruby Barron
Programs Officer
The Programs Officer processes thesis and comprehensive examinations, makes arrangements for doctoral oral defences, processes changes to graduate student programs, and confirms completion of academic requirements for all graduate diploma, master’s and doctoral students.
Phone: 1-709-864-8462

Ms. Dawn Quinton
Programs Assistant
The Programs Assistant oversees the appointment of examiners, processes the outcomes of thesis examinations, and assists with doctoral oral defences.
Phone: 1-709-864-2443


Ms. Julie Bowering, BA
Senior Career Development Coordinator
The Career Development Coordinator facilitates a series of career development workshops to graduate students each semester that provide information on topics such as resume and CV building, academic and non-academic job search, networking and interview skills; co-facilitates a new program called the Professional Skills Development Program for International Students; and meets with students one-on-one, to provide detailed information based on a graduate student's specific situation and individual career needs. 
Phone: 1-709-864-2976

Ms. Libby Carew, BA, BEd
Entrepreneur Training Program (ETP) Coordinator
The Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) Coordinator oversees a program that facilitates and promotes entrepreneurship among graduate students. ETP is for full-time graduate students who are interested in starting a business and learning the core skills of entrepreneurship. It is a joint project that includes the Internationalization Office and the School of Graduate Studies. The Faculty of Business Administration also plays a role in the steering committee. Funding for ETP has been made available through the generous support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
Phone: 1-709-864-3151


Dr. Susan Drodge (more)
Public Servant in Residence, School of Graduate Studies
Phone: 1-709-864-2445




Dr. Noreen Golfman is dean of graduate studies and a professor of English and Film Studies. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Western Ontario. She is currently president of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities, a national education advocacy group, as well as an advisor to the Canadian Studies program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Dr. Golfman was president of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English and a member of the Executive Committee of the Film Studies Association of Canada. Active in Canadian cultural issues and experienced with the media, Dr. Golfman is the founding director and chair of the St. John's International Women’s Film Festival, vice-chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation and chair of the board of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. In addition to publications in scholarly journals, Dr. Golfman has been writing on the arts and culture in more popular venues. She was the film columnist for the Canadian Forum, and has contributed to Newfoundland Quarterly, the Independent newspaper, and worked as a commentator, reviewer/performer for CBC radio and television.