Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Meghan Burchell

An image of Dr. Meghan Burchell looking directly at the camera and leaning against a treeMeghan Burchell is an Associate Professor in Archaeology and the Acting Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. She obtained her PhD in Anthropology in 2013 (part-time) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario while working in technical and instructional support staff positions. Her approach to graduate supervision is informed by active mentoring that concentrates on equity, professionalization, and complete student development.

Since joining Memorial University in 2013, she has supervised 10 undergraduate honours students, nine MA, and three PhD students in addition to supervising the first Banting Post-Doctoral fellow in the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She served as Graduate Officer in Archaeology for four years and was recognized with the Dean’s Award for Service Excellent in 2017. As an interdisciplinary researcher, Dr. Burchell has successfully navigated through various funding agencies including the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Social Sciences Humanities Council of Canada, and Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada.

Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Burchell re-focused her energy to create student-centered workshops for remote learning. Collaborating with the EDGE program at Memorial, Dr. Burchell developed unique workshops specifically for graduate student success. She has shared her pedagogical approach to remote teaching and graduate supervision at the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Annual Conference, The Graduate Supervisor Institute (Athabasca/MUN), and University Affairs.