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School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2018-2019 
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2018-2019 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Associate Deans of Graduate Studies


Khaled Hassanein
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research - Faculty of Business

Dr. Khaled Hassanein is a Professor of Information Systems, and the Director of the McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre (MDTRC) at the DeGroote School of Business. He received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering, a Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering, from Kuwait University, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo respectively. He also holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

His interdisciplinary research interests span the areas of digital transformation; e-Commerce; e-Health; data analytics; human computer interaction; decision support systems and neuro-information systems. His research has been supported on an ongoing basis through funding from federal (SSHRC and NSERC), provincial and private sector sources. This funding was used to mount a successful research program involving collaboration with colleagues and graduate students. Since returning to academia in 2000, he has supervised, co-supervised or is currently supervising over 50 students and post-doctoral fellows. To date, his research activities have resulted in over 115 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, conference proceedings, and books.

At DeGroote, Dr. Hassanein teaches courses in the MBA and the Executive MBA programs and has served as Chair of the Information Systems Area, and Director of the McMaster eBusiness Research Centre. He has also served on several major university committees including as Chair of the Task force on the Alternative Budget Model (Phase II) and currently serves as McMaster’s SSHRC Leader. Dr. Hassanein is a senior editor, associate editor or editorial board member with several academic journals in the information systems field. He is a joint holder of several U.S. patents, a senior member of the IEEE and a designated Professional Engineer in Ontario.

In 2017, Dr. Hassanein was appointed as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for the DeGroote School of Business for a five year term. In this role, he has the overall responsibility for the administration and development of graduate programs and furthering research activities at the Faculty of Business. As Associate Dean, he chairs the School’s Graduate Curriculum and Policy Committee, Graduate Admissions and Study Committee, Student Awards Committee, and Faculty Research and Awards Committee.


Catherine Hayward
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies - Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Catherine Hayward trained in Medical Laboratory Technology at Dawson College and received her B.Sc. and M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1980 and 1984. She trained in Internal Medicine and Hematology at the University of Toronto and in Transfusion Medicine at McMaster University. In 1995, she received her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from McMaster University, and the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for her doctoral thesis. She is the recipient of the Gold Medal in Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a Premier’s Research Excellence Award, a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Haemostasis, a Heart and Stroke Career Investigator Award, among others. Dr. Hayward joined McMaster University Faculty in 1995 and is a Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and Medicine. She is a Hematologist at Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare. She runs a clinic focused on bleeding problems and serves as Head of Coagulation for the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program.

Dr. Hayward has long standing interests in education and research in Health Sciences. She served on the Graduate Policy and Curriculum Committee (Health Sciences) and she was Program Director for the McMaster University Adult Hematology Program. She established the Clinician Investigator Training Program at McMaster University as the first Program Director. She served as Chair of the Clinician Investigator Program Advisory Committee for the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada, leading initiatives to assess and improve clinician investigator training in Canada. She has served as Chair, Vice Chair, Scientific Officer, and Member of numerous peer review panels for granting agencies. She served as President of the North American Specialized Coagulation Laboratory Association, Co-Chair of the Platelet Physiology Committee for the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis and is President of the International Society of Laboratory Hematology and President Elect of THSNA (Thrombosis & Hemostasis Societies of North America). She also serves on Editorial and Advisory boards for journals in her field.

Dr. Hayward’s research interests span bench to bedside investigations on bleeding disorders and the molecular mechanisms of hemostasis. Dr. Hayward has held continuous, peer reviewed grant funding and external career awards since her recruitment to Faculty, including operating grant support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research team includes graduate students in Medical Sciences. 

Dr. Hayward was appointed Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Health Sciences for a second, five-year term. As Associate Dean, she has primary responsibility for furthering McMaster goals for graduate education and research in health sciences, and provides the leadership and coordination of all activities related to these goals. She is also a member of Graduate Council and its Executive.


Pamela Swett
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research - Faculty of Humanities

Dr. Pamela Swett received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and her PhD in Modern German and European History from Brown University in 1999. She came to McMaster at the conclusion of her graduate studies and served as Chair of the History Department from 2011 until 2017.

Beyond her work for the Department of History, she has served as a Humanities representative on the Arts Research Board, School of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee, and Senate. At the university level, she has served on several Research Misconduct Tribunals, participated in the search committee for the Dean of Humanities, and assisted in the drafting of the University’s Strategic Research Plan and Pregnancy/Parental Leave Policy.

As a researcher, Dr. Swett is the author or editor of four books, as well as journal articles and book chapters that deal with various aspects of political culture, commerce, and violence in Germany between 1918 and 1945. She has been awarded grants and prizes from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the Alexander-von Humboldt-Stiftung, the Thyssen Foundation, the German Historical Institute, the American Historical Association and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

In her role as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for Humanities, Dr. Swett sees her mandate as assisting with the recruitment of highly qualified graduate students and finding ways to support and enhance their time at McMaster.


Bhagwati Gupta
Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies - Faculty of Science

Bhagwati Gupta completed Ph.D. from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India) and a post-doctoral training from the California Institute of Technology (USA). Dr. Gupta joined McMaster in 2004 as a faculty in the Department of Biology. He has served McMaster in different capacities. He was Associate Chair (Graduate) in Biology, Chair of Biology Graduate Research Day Event Committee, a member of McMaster Senate, Co-Chair of Biology Health & Safety Committee, and a member of Faculty of Science Joint Health & Safety Committee.

Dr. Gupta has a long and fruitful research career. His lab uses tiny nematodes as model organisms to investigate biological processes related to human health and aging. These studies involve a range of interdisciplinary approaches in molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology and engineering. He is the recipient of various honours and awards including Human Frontier Science Foundation long-term fellow, Canada Research Chair in Developmental Biology, and Ontario Early Researcher Award.

Dr. Gupta’s research findings have had significant impacts in the areas of cell signalling and animal development, as evident from several peer-reviewed publications, invited talks, grant reviews and editorial board membership. His work has been supported by funding agencies such as National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA. He is passionate about the training and education of students. Many of his graduates have won scholarships and successfully transitioned to careers in academia as well as in industry.

As an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Gupta is responsible for promoting graduate admission, research, and the allocation of scholarships to the Faculty. He chairs the Science Graduate Curriculum, Policy, Admissions and Study (GCPAS) Committee and serves on Graduate Council and its Executive Committee.



James Gillet
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research - Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr. James Gillett received his Ph.D. in Sociology from McMaster University in 1999. He is an associate Professor in Health Aging and Society and his key areas of research include: human animal relationships; sport, leisure and recreation; mental health and well-being; media and communications; perspectives on living with health and illness across the life course; and inquiry as an approach to education and learning.

Gillett’s recent research looks at the collaborative and inter-dependent relationship between human and other species. This work includes studies of animal assisted interventions, like the use of therapy dogs on university campuses, in libraries and at long term care centers and interspecies sports and recreation like equestrian events, dog sports and even falconry. Gillett seeks to challenge and expand upon ideas about what it means to be human. His work also connects to practical questions about the health and wellbeing of all species.

Some social science theories postulate that the complexity of humanness is best understood in the context of our relationships with other species. While exploring such challenging concepts, Gillett is immersed in research programs that benefit humans and non-human animals. His research is primarily qualitative and interpretative and is situated in social psychological and sociological theories and research perspectives.

For instance, at McMaster Gillett is involved in a program called Dogs at MAC. A unique feature of this program is exploring the contribution that a therapy dog can make when working along with academic staff on campus. One dog, Liam, works closely with one of the librarians on campus. A second dog, Lilly, works with an academic advisor, assisting students in making the most of their time at university. In another project, rescue dogs from the SPCA are paired with boys at a Hamilton youth detention facility. Over four weeks, each boy trains a dog, preparing it to be ready to find a home.

Through such programs, Gillett explores complex research questions and puts this research into practice, identifying and exploring the mutual benefits that can come with relationships between people and animals.”


Michael Thompson

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies - Faculty of Engineering

Michael Thompson received his B.Sc. in Chemistry (1990), B. Eng. (1992) and M. Eng. (1994) in Chemical Engineering from McMaster and his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 1998. He worked as a Senior Process Engineer for the Davis-Standard Corporation from 1998-2001 in Pawcatuck, Connecticut before returning to the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster in 2001. He was the Director of the M.Eng in Manufacturing Engineering within the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice from 2008-2015, is a member of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute and holds an Adjunct Appointment to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.

As Associate Dean, he is responsible for admissions and allocation of graduate scholarships as well as for working with the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Graduate Studies on graduate student issues including recruiting and the development of new programs. He chairs the Faculty’s Graduate Admissions and Study Committee and the Graduate Curriculum and Policy Committee and sits on Graduate Council and its Executive Committee.

Dr. Thompson is an active researcher in the field of extrusion working on applications for the pharmaceutical, food and polymer industries, with more than 100 publications and 3 patents from his work. He has 9 graduate students in his group currently, and has graduated 7 Ph.D. students, 32 M.A.Sc. students and 9 M.Eng. students to date. He works with numerous companies in Canada and the USA to develop novel processes and materials by understanding the linkages between material properties, end user demands and the manufacturing environment.