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Faculty of Graduate Studies Staff

Dr. Mavis Reimer, Dean of Graduate Studies

Mavis Reimer is the Dean of Graduate Studies and a Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg. Between 2005 and 2015, she was Canada Research Chair in Young People’s Texts and Cultures at UWinnipeg, founding the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC).

In her current research, she directs a SSHRC Partnership Project, Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ῑthiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation, a project undertaken in partnership with Rocky Cree communities from north-central Manitoba. Project outputs include historical picturebooks set in the proto-contact period in Manitoba, digital picturebook apps based on the books, and teacher’s guides to support the introduction of these texts into school classrooms.

As Dean of Graduate Studies, one of the focuses of her work has been on establishing a robust program of funding for students. She serves at present as Co-Chair of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) National Task Force on (Re)Conciliation and Canadian Graduate Education.

Contact Dr. Reimer
phone: 204.988.7625

Dagmawit Habtemariam, Graduate Studies Admissions and Student Tracking Officer

Dagmawit Habtemariam is the Admissions and Student Tracking Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Dagm joined the Faculty of Graduate Studies in 2011. Previously and prior to moving to Canada, she worked in different positions such as Program/Project/Training Coordinator positions for UN Women, Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and Unity University in Ethiopia. Dagmawit completed her M.A. in Social Anthropology from Addis Ababa University, B.A. in Human Rights from UWinnipeg and B.Ed. in History from Kotebe Metropolitan University (formerly Kotebe College of Teacher Education).

Contact Dagmawit regarding:

  • Graduate Studies Application/Admission/Deferral
  • Visiting/Exchange and Occasional Statuses including students studying under the Western Deans Agreement
  • Visiting Graduate Fellows
  • Appeals including Leave of Absence and Extension of Program Limit
  • Student Tracking including Thesis Writing Terms and Continuance Terms
  • Annual Progress Reports
  • Graduate Program Completion Letters
  • Degree Audits
  • Awards Postings

Contact Dagm
fax: 204.774.4134
office: 1RC023B

Kent Suss, Graduate Studies Budget, Programs, and Priorities Officer

Kent Suss serves as the Budget, Programs, and Priorities Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Winnipeg. He supports the work of all graduate programs and committees, while trying to keep a cool head. He has a background in arts administration and has invested many years into teaching art and drama to young people. He believes that art is for everyone, and, given the right environment and tools, you can learn to do anything.

When he isn’t helping make the Faculty of Grad Studies run smoothly, Kent takes on freelance writing projects and designs board games.

Contact Kent if:

  • You have general questions about Grad Studies.
  • You would like to hear about his experiences getting his Master’s degree in Cultural Studies at the U of Winnipeg.

Contact Kent

Carolyn Garland, Graduate Studies Awards and Communications Officer

Carolyn Garland is the Awards and Communications Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. She tookup this position in January, 2022 after completing her own graduate work. Carolyn completed an MA in philosophy (University of Victoria) on the formal semantics of fictional discourse, and a PhD on the philosophy of grief (Syracuse University). Carolyn’s doctoral research was funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and a Syracuse University Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship. She knows firsthand the ups and downs of the graduate school experience, and took this position for a chance to return some of the excellent mentorship she received as a graduate student.

Carolyn is committed to researching and implementing new funding opportunities for graduate students. She loves the opportunity to mentor students on award applications and learn about their research. If you have any news you'd like the FGS to share on their website, in their newsletter, or across their social media accounts, let Carolyn know. She is always happy to promote opportunities for graduate students and highlight the innovative, exciting research done by students and staff in the FGS.

You'll also see Carolyn coordinating thesis and practicum exams, coaching students prior to the big day, and cheering them on at the event.

Contact Carolyn regarding:

  • Funding opportunities and awards
  • Guidance on scholarship and award applications
  • Thesis and practicum examinations and questions about the life cycle of a graduate thesis
  • Practice thesis & practicum exam sessions
  • Conferences, calls for papers, departmental events and news, student achievements, and other items of interest to share on our social media, in our newsletter, or in a student, faculty, alumni, or program feature on our website

Contact Carolyn
office: 1RC203C

Mekala Wickramasinghe, Graduate Studies Recruitment and Training Officer
Mekala joined the Faculty of Graduate Studies in February 2022 as the Recruitment and Training Officer. She leads recruitment and professional development opportunities for Graduate Studies. Mekala’s passion is to help students build a strong community on campus and to develop connections with industry to create new opportunities for students. She brings many years of experience in higher education marketing, student recruitment and engagement. In 2018, Mekala planned an annual multi-cultural event at the University of Winnipeg that won an international award from IABC (International Association of Business Communicators).
An alumni of the University of Winnipeg, Mekala has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and a Post-degree Marketing Management Diploma. Mekala has many fond memories of the amazing support she received from faculty and staff during her student journey and is excited to be back.
These are some areas Mekala can help you with:
  • Enrolling at the University of Winnipeg in Graduate Studies
  • Attending a recruitment events hosted by Graduate Studies
  • Participating in the Indigenous Summer Scholars Program (ISSP) as a scholar or faculty mentor
  • Learning more about the Higher Education Teaching Certificate program
  • Facilitating or participating in the Professional Development and Training workshops
  • Engaging in alumni events and activities

Fun fact: Mekala is a self-proclaimed coffee addict, foodie and an amateur hiker. When she is not working, she likes to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Winnipeg and around Manitoba.

Contact Mekala
office: 1RC023D

Eric Benson, Coordinator, Student Records (Graduate Studies)
Coordinator, Student Records (Graduate Studies)
Eric Benson
phone: 204.786.9466
office: 2Ri60