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Wanda Burger, Graduate Student Coordinator, Brock University

Wanda Burger is the Graduate Student Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Brock University.
Wanda joined the Faculty of Education in 2007 and has been with the administrative student support team in the Graduate Programs since that time.  She provides academic support to graduate students in both the Master of Education and the Joint PhD Programs.
Wanda works collaboratively with the PhD students and their supervisors to ensure they are on track to complete the degree requirements in their program.  She will assist students in navigating the services and supports that are available, which includes liaising with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the office of the Joint Phd Secretariat regarding changes &/or adjustments to student records. Wanda will provide the necessary steps to complete the Comprehensive Portfolio defence, the Dissertation defence and coordinates the oral hearings.

Wanda can be reached at the following:
Online meetings can be set up through MS Teams (email Wanda to set up an appointment)
Office hours are typically Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Ms. Wanda Burger
Graduate Student Coordinator
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 5496

Bonnie MacDonald, Administrative Assistant, Lakehead University

Bonnie McDonald is the Administrative Assistant in the Graduate Studies and Research Office for the Faculty of Education on the Thunder Bay Lakehead University campus. Previous to working in this Department, she worked for the Gender and Women’s Studies and Social Justice Departments. In 2020 she completed her Masters in Social Justice with a specialization in Gender and Women’s Studies.

In her role as the Administrator for both the Masters of Education and the Lakehead University PhD program she is responsible for assisting the Chair, faculty and students. She addresses any inquiries about either program, works closely with Graduate Admissions and Enrolment Services, assists in planning activities, communicates the timetable with scheduling, organizes thesis and dissertation examinations and defences and generally keeps track of all students to ensure they are on track to graduate.

Bonnie is also a Contract Lecturer for the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. This year she is teaching WOME 1100 – The Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies. She was recently recognized as a WellU Champion which is a Lakehead project showcasing instructors and staff who demonstrate a commitment to supporting and enhancing student mental health and wellbeing.

Bonnie can be reached by email Her office hours are 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Bonnie McDonald, MA Social Justice, specialization Gender and Women’s Studies
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (807) 343-8010 ext. 8706
Fax: (807) 346-7771

Mandy Turkalj, Administrative Assistant, University of Windsor

Mandy Turkalj is the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, and Graduate program Secretary in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor.  Mandy’s expertise with the University of Windsor totals more than 15 years.  Previous experience on campus includes Graduate Admissions in the Office of the Registrar and Graduate Program Secretary in the School Computer Science.  Mandy is an outgoing mom of two active boys, ages 14 and 10.  You can find Mandy spending her weekends outdoors cheering for her boys playing baseball or hockey.   Mandy has been in her current role with the Faculty of Education for the past 4 years.  She is responsible for providing graduate program support to the Associate Dean, Faculty and students.  Mandy is responsible for all graduate program activities for students pursing their Master of Education and PhD in Educational Studies. This includes admissions, student records, budgets, scholarships and liaising with other Faculties on campus to provide the most valuable experience to Faculty of Education graduate students.

You can reach Mandy Turkalj using the following contact information:
Faculty of Education
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, ON N9B 3P4
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3803
Office hours: Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.


Christine Weisener, Joint PhD Administrator/Office of the Joint PhD Secretariat

Christine graduated with a BSc from The University of Western Ontario.  Her previous work experience include:
managing an assisted living group home, Bell Relay phone operator for hearing impaired,
clerking in the Leddy Library, University of Windsor, and the most recent Graduate Secretary positions. The years as Graduate Program Secretary in the departments of GLIER and the School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor have provided a strong background and knowledge of the administrative and academic processes of PhD programs.

Christine can be reached at:

Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3833
The Faculty of Education
The University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, ON N9B 3P4

Office hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Available remotely (MS Teams and email) on Thursdays

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