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School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2021-2022 
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2021-2022 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Associate Deans of Graduate Studies


James Gillett
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.”


Bhagwati Gupta
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.


Gillian Mulvale
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research - Faculty of Business

Dr. Gillian Mulvale is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the DeGroote School of Business. She received a Bachelor and Masters of Economics, and a PhD in Health Research Methodology, from the University of Waterloo, Western University and McMaster University respectively.

Her interdisciplinary research interests focus on promoting coordinated, interprofessional, person and family-centred health and social care services with a focus on mental health and equity-deserving groups. Her research investigates co-design and co-production approaches that involve people with lived experience, service providers, health system managers, policy advisors and other stakeholders working together to improve service experiences, build common ground, and support implementation and knowledge exchange. Her research has been supported through funding from federal (SSHRC and CIHR), provincial and private sector sources. Since returning to academia in 2012, she has supervised and mentored more than 25 graduate students. To date, her research activities have resulted in more than 39 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and conference proceedings.

At DeGroote, Dr. Mulvale has taught courses in the MBA program and currently teaches in the PhD program in Business Administration. She previously served as Coordinator of the Health Management field of the PhD in Business Administration and Health Services Management Stream of the MBA program. She is involved in interdisciplinary research groups at McMaster including the Health Leadership Academy, the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis and the Co-Design VP Hub.

As Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for the DeGroote School of Business, Dr. Mulvale has the overall responsibility for the administration and development of graduate programs and furthering the faculty’s research mission. As Associate Dean, she chairs the School’s Graduate Curriculum and Policy Committee, Graduate Admissions and Study Committee, Student Awards Committee, and Faculty Research and Awards Committee.


Martin Horn
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research - Faculty of Humanities

Dr. Martin Horn completed his PhD at the University of Toronto, coming to McMaster in 1995 to join the Department of History. He was a long-standing member of the department’s executive committee, before serving as graduate chair in the department for a number of years. Outside of the department he is a past-president of MUFA, the McMaster University Faculty Association.

Dr. Horn is a specialist in European international relations and the two world wars, 1914-1945, which he teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His own research lies at the intersection of business, finance, diplomacy and the interaction of states with non-governmental actors. Presently he is engaged on a study of the American bank J.P. Morgan & Co. and the crisis of capitalism in the 1930s.

As Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Humanities, Dr. Horn is responsible for overseeing graduate admissions, curriculum development, graduate recruitment and retention, while promoting community among the Humanities graduate community. On the Research side, his task is to assist the research endeavours of Humanities faculty, while collaborating with the Office of Vice-President Research in developing the research effort of Humanities within and without the university.


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 15 graduate students in his group currently, and has graduated 10 Ph.D. students, 35 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.


Steve Hanna
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies - Faculty of Health Sciences