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Associate Dean Duties

Michelle Helstein

Student Issues

  • Managing academic and non-academic offences and assessing appeals
  • Managing grade appeals
  • Assessing exam accommodation requests
  • Liaising with the Accommodated Learning Centre and Counseling Services
  • Resolving miscellaneous complaints

Faculty Issues

  • Approving grades and tracking distributions
  • Approving and tracking grade changes
  • Consulting on teaching, assessment, and student discipline policies
  • Consulting on miscellaneous classroom management concerns

Academic Advising

  • Supervising advisors; indirectly supervising support staff
  • Assessing performance
  • Reviewing requests for substitutions, exceptions, and retroactive withdrawals with cause
  • Managing academic probation and required withdrawals
  • Hearing appeals

Indigenous Student Success Cohort

  • Collaborating on the development and revision of admission policy
  • Collaborating on the development and revision of academic programming
    • Hiring and monitoring the progress of instructors, in collaboration with the ISSC Coordinator
    • Indirectly supervising support staff, associated with ISSC

Retention Initiatives

  • Developing, planning and implementing initiatives to improve and support student retention

Necho Approvals

  • Act as Dean’s designate, where needed, for one-over-one signing authority for expenditures by faculty members, Chairs, Coordinators


  • Representing the Dean at teaching, research, and interview sessions for academic candidates

Public Relations/Advancement

  • Attending, and occasionally hosting, public events on behalf of the Faculty and the University

Professional Activities Reports and Salary, Tenure, and Promotion Tasks

  • Assisting in the process for annual/biennial evaluation of faculty members, and in the management/operation of activities of STP Committees


  • Participating in the delivery of the undergraduate program (no more than one course per academic year)
  • Instructing and supervising graduate students (at discretion, and in accord with needs of the program of research)

Other Duties

  • Miscellaneous duties assigned and undertaken as needed, for the efficient functioning of the Dean’s Office