Meet the Team

David Syncox

Graduate Education Officer
Tel: (514) 398-6750
david.syncox [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Bio

David Syncox is the Graduate Education Officer at McGill, working with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Teaching and Learning Services to develop a broad range of Graduate Education Initiatives. He oversees SKILLSETS: a suite of Professional Development Workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition, he provides professional skills development opportunities for faculty members through the Graduate Supervision Workshop Series.

Mary-Jo Rahal

Senior Administrative Coordinator
Tel: (514) 398-5087
mary-jo.rahal [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Bio

Mary-Jo Rahal is the senior administrative coordinator for professional skills development at McGill. She manages logistics, communication and scheduling for the program.

Sophia Kapchinsky

Skills Development Officer
Tel: (514) 398-2613
sophia.kapchinsky [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Bio

Dr. Sophia Kapchinsky is the Skills Development Officer at McGill University. Blending the analytical mind of a quantitative scientist with the creative flare of an artist who consumed too much coffee, she takes pride in her ability to see the forest for the trees while appreciating the foliage. In addition to the Skills Development initiative, she runs a 2-day Leadership Training Retreat and the GradLife Social Media platform at McGill.

Anna Couch

Graduate Education Assistant

Bio

Anna Couch is a PhD candidate at the School of Information Studies; her research focus is the role of emotion in parent information behaviour in online social networks.  She has worked with SKILLSETS and TLS for 3 years, organizing Academic Integrity Day, and helping with the Supervision Suite portfolio.

Chloe Garcia

Graduate Education Assistant

Bio

Chloe Garcia is a PhD candidate in the department of Integrated Studies in Education, and her work revolves around the investigation of young people’s experiences learning about sexual consent through YouTube vlogs. As a member of SKILLSETS, she organizes several exciting events, including Learning to Teach day and AGSEM TA Training.

Holly Ann Garnett

Graduate Education Assistant

Bio

Holly Ann Garnett is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at McGill University and a student member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. Her research focuses on electoral integrity and election management bodies. At SKILLSETS, she facilitates a variety of workshops on topics relating to teaching competence, knowledge mobilization, and women in academia.

Alastair Hibbard

Graduate Education Assistant

Bio

Alastair is in the second year of his Master’s degree in the department of Integrated Studies in Education. His work focuses on pre-service teacher preparation, induction and mentorship programs, and professional development. As part of the SKILLSETS team, he works on Would You Find It?, Learning to Teach Day, and AGSEM TA Training.

Falisha Karpati

Graduate Education Assistant

Bio

Falisha Karpati is a PhD candidate in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience. She combines her passions for neuroscience, dance and music by researching brain structure and function in dancers and musicians. At SKILLSETS, she is involved in planning and leading teaching skills workshops, the Women In Academia event, as well as developing content for the graduate supervision website

Laura Winer

Director
Tel: (514) 398-4232

laura.winer [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Bio

Dr. Laura Winer (PhD, Educational Technology) is the Director of Teaching and Learning Services at McGill. She oversees the Graduate Education Initiative including SKILLSETS, a professional development suite for graduate students, and the Graduate Supervision Workshop Series for Professors. She assures coherence and collaboration with other teaching and learning initiatives.

 

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