Michael Orsini, Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies

Michael Orsini

Welcome to the Office of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Since assuming this role in July 2016, much has changed on the graduate studies landscape. The restructuring of the University’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) means that graduate students will work even more closely with staff in our Graduate Studies Office on a range of matters related to their academic success, rather than with FGPS.

While change is certainly afoot, there are a few things that have not changed. Staff in the Graduate Studies Office, led by our chief academic administrator Hélène Doré-Lavigne, take seriously the need to assist students in enriching their graduate experience. Undertaking a master’s degree or Ph.D. invariably involves a serious commitment of time and dedication – when students do their part to push forward in their studies, it is our role to ensure that we can assist them every step of the way.

Second, our tradition of attracting top caliber students in Ph.D. and Master’s programs across a range of disciplines offered in both official language, is unwavering. This year, Lauren Touchant, a Ph.D. student in Public Administration, won a highly coveted Vanier scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the only SSHRC prize that was awarded to the University this year. Our students are excelling in their academic programs, whether their research takes them to far-away places where they might be conducting field work or right here in Ottawa in cutting-edge labs, such as those offered in the Department of Psychology.

As Vice-Dean, I am lucky to work with such a dedicated staff who approach their work with professionalism and good humour.


Michael Orsini

Role of the Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences

  • The Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies is responsible for the administration of the graduate programs of the Faculty of Social Sciences, in particular their development and their planning.
  • The Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies serves as an ex-officio member on the Council on Graduate Studies and on the  Strategic Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. He also chairs the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC)

The term of office is three years.

Contact Information

Michael Orsini
Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies
Social Sciences Building, Room 3021
Phone: 613-562-5732

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