Research Planning Committee Members

Committee Chair
Dena McMartin, Vice-President (Research)

Ex Officio Members
Jackie Rice, Associate Vice-President (Research) or designate
Sandra Dixon, Designate for Michelle Helstein, Provost & Vice-President (Academic)
Marc Roussel, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies designate For Jackie Rice, Associate Vice-President (Research) & Dean of School of Graduate Studies

Nine (9) Academic Staff Members*, nominated by GFC Nominations Committee

Three (3) from the Faculty of Arts & Science

One (1) from Humanities
Dan O'Donnell, June 30, 2025

One (1) from Sciences
Ylias Chali, June 30, 2025

One (1) from Social Sciences
Vacant, June 30, 2025

One (1) from the Dhillon School of Business
Rhiannon Mesler, June 30, 2025

One (1) from the Faculty of Education
Sharon Pelech, June 30, 2024

One (1) from the Faculty of Fine Arts
Janet Youngdahl, June 30, 2024

One (1) from the School of Graduate Studies
Nehal Thakor, June 30, 2024

One (1) from the Faculty of Health Sciences
Wendi Lokanc-Diluzio, June 30, 2024

One (1) from the School of Liberal Education
Vacant, June 30, 2025

*Members will normally hold an appointment at the senior Associate or Full Professor level and provide evidence of a sustained track record in ideally at least three of the following:

  • Obtaining external funds to support their research, creative, or scholarly endeavours, including provincial, Tri-Agency (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), or other federal funding;
  • Participating as a review panel member within the past 10 years for an external funding agency at the provincial, national, or international level;
  • Serving as a Director of a research Centre or Institute for more than three years;
  • Supervising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows;
  • Acting as a Director in an external research-focused organization (for example, PolicyWise or Alberta Gambling Research Institute).

Resource Members (non-voting)
Sola Fasunwon, Director, Research and Innovation Services
Alison Piekema, Executive Assistant, Research and Innovation Services

Quorum = 7 Voting Members (Summer Quorum = 7 Voting Members)