Grad Council

The Graduate Representative Council (GRC) is comprised of one representative (“Grad Rep”) from each academic unit with a graduate program at UVic, the five member GSS Executive Board, and a representative of CUPE 4163 (representing sessionals and teaching and research assistants). The Grad Council meets monthly on Tuesdays at 5pm.

Representatives to the GRC are elected by students within their respective department each September.

Each Grad Rep serves on a subcommittee of the GRC. GSS committees help to carry out the goals and directives of the GRC. Committees have seats for members at large, and participation in a GRC committee is a key way to influence decisions made by your student society. 

To view a list of the current Grad Reps, please consult this list below. Departments who have “NA” (not available) listed do not currently have a Grad Rep.

Academic Unit

Current Rep

  

Anthropology

Luke Kernan

 

Maya Cowan

Art History and Visual Studies

Lindsay Kaisla

Biochemistry and Microbiology

Emily Koide

 

Karen Lithgow

Biology

Malcolm Cowan

 

Lucianne Marshall

Business Administration

Harleen Randhawa

Chemistry

Charlotte Dewar

Child and Youth Care

N/A

Civil Engineering

Pejman Azarsa

Community Development

Mike Butler

Computer Science

N/A

Cultural Heritage Management

N/A

Dispute Resolution

N/A

Earth and Ocean Sciences

N/A

Economics

Tien-Yun (Arielle) Shih

Education Curriculum and Instruction

Beth Tuinstra

Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies

Cortney Baldwin

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Priyani Vanaparthi

English

David Eso

Environmental Studies

Tanya Tran

Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

Stephen Luehr

French

N/A

Geography

N/A

Germanic and Slavic Studies

Tessa Coutu

Greek and Roman Studies

N/A

Health Information Science

N/A

Hispanic and Italian Studies

N/A

History

N/A

Indigenous Education

N/A

Indigenous Governance

N/A

Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

N/A

Law

Ngozi Nwoko

Linguistics

Adar Anisman

Mathematics and Statistics

Joseph Horan

Mechanical Engineering

Markus Sommerfeld

Neuroscience

Chad Williams

Nursing

N/A

Pacific and Asian Studies

N/A

Philosophy

Gennady McCracken

Physics and Astronomy

Maan Hani

Political Science

Ryan Broe

 

Stephanie Gruhlke

Psychology

Myles Maillet

Public Administration

Leila Bautista

Public Health and Social Policy

N/A

School of Music

N/A

Social Dimensions of Health

Lindsay Shaw

Social Work

Madeleine Harber

Sociology

Renay Maurice

Theatre Studies

N/A

Visual Arts

N/A

Writing

Janet Munsil

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Department reps are elected in September and each department has its own election process. Typically an election is held by the department grad association, or an election coordinated by the grad secretary. Ask your graduate secretary about your department’s process.

Departments should make efforts to select the representative before the first meeting of the Council in September.

represent the interests of grad students in your department
report back to your home department on discussions and decisions made during Grad Council meetings
sit on one university committee a year (when possible)
hold a departmental meeting at least once a semester to discuss common issues of concern and bring concerns and issues raised back to Grad Council
participate in major governance decisions about the GSS
attend the monthly Grad Rep Council meetings the Annual General Meeting and Semi-annual General Meeting
participate in Grad Council sub-committees

While Grad Council meetings are open to all members of the society, each Academic unit on campus has only one vote. If the representative is unable to attend a meeting, they may notify the chair of an alternate who will attend in their place.

We ask that you please note: If a representative fails to attend three consecutive meetings without sending an alternate, they shall be deemed to have resigned from the Council.

Once the GSS is notified that you have been elected, you will be sent a schedule of meetings.

Grad Council meetings are held monthly on Tuesdays, at 5 pm. A light meal is served at the meeting.

Grad reps are also expected to attend the GSS Annual General Meeting in October and Semi-Annual General Meeting in March.

Please ensure that your grad secretary or departmental graduate association chair sends notice of your election and your contact information to the GSS by email to gssgov[at]uvic.ca.

Please contact Stacy Chappel at gssmgr[at]uvic.ca or 250-472-5163