People profiles

Vishal Baloria

Vishal Baloria

PhD Accounting

“Accounting is unlike most fields in the Faculty of Arts in that it is an applied field. Very few students choose to continue on to graduate studies,” says Vishal Baloria, a fourth year PhD student in the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo.

Linda Whittaker

Linda Whittaker

PhD Accounting

After living in Vancouver, Montreal, India, and Mexico City, Linda Whittaker returned to her hometown of Waterloo for the PhD program in Accounting. When looking at schools, Linda hoped to find a PhD program “that would allow me to have a fairly broad perspective on possible research questions and topics.” She also cites the mix of empirical and behavioural research methods as a big draw to the program.

Kaleigh Eichel

Kaleigh Eichel

MA Public Issues Anthropology

“Evolution is such a strong part of my research and how I think of the world and how things came to be,” says Kaleigh Eichel, an MA candidate in Public Issues Anthropology. As a physical anthropologist, her field of research is the hybridization of Neanderthals and modern humans. “There are very few skeletons from that period in existence today, making model re-construction difficult” she says.

Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh

MA Classical Studies

"I’ve been at the school for a very long time,” says Ryan Walsh. Having started at UWaterloo in Computer Science, changing programs to complete his BA in Classical Studies, and participating in co-op, it is safe to say that Ryan knows this university inside and out. But with his thesis near completion, he is nearly ready to move on and begin work on his PhD at McMaster University.

Deanna Sim

Deanna Sim

Master of Digital Experience Innovation

With her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Global Studies, the Master of Digital Experience Innovation was a change in direction for Deanna Sim. “I wanted to do something different and thought this was a bit of a curveball.” During her time at Wilfrid Laurier University, Deanna incorporated digital media into her work with the student union, creating promotional videos and a digital presence for the organization.

Samantha St. Amand

Samantha St. Amand

MA Economics

Samantha St. Amand gives a very succinct perspective on the Master of Arts in Economics program, describing it as a “good gig.”

Yu Chen

Yu Chen

PhD Economics

“In this department, everything seems possible,” says Yu Chen, PhD student in the department of Economics. “The program is expanding fast, and in a good way. With it being a young program, there are very few barriers. If you have an idea, and you work hard, that idea will come true. The department will give you all of the support you want and need.”

Farah Yusuf

Farah Yusuf

MA Experimental Digital Media

“There is a lot going on in the area; Kitchener-Waterloo supports the arts quite a bit. I’m not sure if the audience is quite there but the city is putting money behind the arts and people are getting excited. Technology and arts are there and trying to burst out.” Farah Yusuf, a recent graduate of the Master of Arts Experimental Digital Media (XDM) program in the English Language and Literature department, explains that not only is the program unique, there is also a range of interesting events and projects happening in the K-W area that complement the student projects. 

Adam Bradley

Adam Bradley

PhD English Language & Literature

For many, it may be difficult to see the intersection between technology and traditional literary studies. But for Adam Bradley, there was a link there and a relationship yet to be discovered.  Adam is a graduate of UWaterloo’s Master’s program in Experimental Digital Media and a PhD candidate in the department of English Language and Literature working towards a double doctorate in English and Systems Design Engineering.

Nicholas Breton

Nicholas Breton

Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Nicholas Breton was drawn to UWaterloo’s MFA program because of the extensive teaching opportunities built into the graduate experience. “It’s quite unusual for a school to offer two TA appointments to each student. And this is the only school in Canada that provides grad students with a sessional teaching position.”

Lisa Feil

Lisa Feil

MA French Studies

Lisa Feil is a returning UWaterloo student, having completed her undergraduate degree here in French Studies. As a participant of the French Teaching Specialization, Lisa then went on to Teacher’s College at Nipissing University. “I had the opportunity to work in French and see how it is taught and why it’s taught.

Coleen Even

Coleen Even

PhD French Studies

Coleen Even’s academic career began in France at l’Université de Nantes. She had never planned to do her PhD but after an exchange at UWaterloo, she applied and was accepted into the program. “I really liked the seminars and the research areas within the department. The faculty members are at the top of their field and there is a lot of opportunity to incorporate digital elements into your work.”

Tanya Hagman

Tanya Hagman

MA Intercultural German Studies

“I chose this program because it gave me an opportunity to spend a year studying abroad in Germany” says Tanya, an MA candidate Intercultural German Studies, “and UWaterloo is also the perfect location to study German because there is such a large German population in the area and the community is very active.” Tanya is part of a unique Master’s program that combines course work and practical experience, with a year of study at the University of Mannheim in

Kyle Scholz

Kyle Scholz

PhD German Studies

“The German department puts a large emphasis on teaching in the grad program. From the first year of the PhD program, you are given your own class to teach,” says Kyle Scholz. Although they are given curriculum and guidelines to follow, individual lessons and class management is up to each graduate instructor.

Kyle Harris

Kyle Harris

MA Global Governance

Kyle Harris’ graduate studies have been bookended with a wealth of globalized experience. After living and working in Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia, he returned to UWaterloo for the MA in Global Governance (MAGG) program based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Alison Bottomley

Alison Bottomley

MA Global Governance

Alison Bottomley, a Master’s student in Global Governance, has embraced the international opportunities that the Balsillie School and University of Waterloo have to offer. She recently completed an internship, a requirement of the program, as a Research Intern with CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, a civil society organization based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Tracey Wagner-Rizvi

Tracey Wagner-Rizvi

PhD Global Governance

“The fantastic thing about the program is that it is multidisciplinary. There are students and faculty with strong backgrounds in political science, sociology, geography, and international relations who can draw on their different backgrounds to give shape to the program content.” She explains that the diversity of the program gives students additional tools to inform their existing research topic.

Rebecca Weir

Rebecca Weir

MA History

There was never any question that Rebecca Weir would study history. “Even in high school, I loved history. It just made sense.” And when it came time to choose a school, it was her family history that sealed the deal. “My dad went to Waterloo and took a double major in Geography and History. He always speaks so fondly of his time here, it was sort of an easy choice for me,” she says. “We’ve even had some of the same professors!”

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison

PhD History

“This is one of the largest history programs in Canada.” Scott Harrison, PhD candidate in History goes on to explain that the Tri-University Graduate Program in History program, which is comprised of UWaterloo, University of Guelph and Wilfred Laurier University, provide students with unique opportunities and facilities. “Not only do you have access to the faculty and staff at each university, but you also have access to the digital and campus libraries. As a history student, constantly needing access to written materials, this certainly adds to the program.”

Yelena Gyulkhandanyan

Yelena Gyulkhandanyan

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

“My interest in peace building and conflict resolution began when I lived in Armenia. The country has a long history of conflict and war and insecurity. As a child, I was able to learn from the stories and experiences of family members. They talked of the devastating effects of war on society and the challenges and triumphs that can follow.

Ashley Keefner

Ashley Keefner

MA Philosophy

“The grad community is really cool at UWaterloo, and in our department specifically,” says Ashley Keefner, an MA student in Philosophy. “Everybody talks to each other and helps each other.” Whether it is looking over each other’s papers, practicing for presentations together, or grabbing lunch at the grad house, peers and professors in the Department of Philosophy provide constant support.

Karina Sangha

Karina Sangha

MA Political Science

Having received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria, Karina then came to UWaterloo for her MA on the recommendation of her undergraduate professors. “Waterloo’s partnerships with the Balsille School of International Affairs (BSIA) and Wilfred Laurier University definitely contributed to my decision to attend. The partnerships meant so many more opportunities of a very broad nature,” Karina explains.

Gordon Pennycook

Gordon Pennycook

PhD Psychology

Gordon Pennycook tries to be on campus every day from 9am to 5pm. “I treat it like a job.” A PhD candidate in Cognitive Psychology, Gordon explains that it is all about efficiency for him. “It is easy to be inefficient if you don’t keep regular hours.” Gordon’s research is focused on reasoning and decision-making, examining factors that influence when and how a person will overcome an intuitive or gut response.

Angela Nyhout

Angela Nyhout

PhD Psychology

“As children become independent readers, and pictures and images become less frequent in the books they read, they must be able to do much of the work on their own to construct characters, their actions, and their environments,” explains Angela Nyhout, PhD student in the Developmental Psychology program, “however, this is a process we know very little about.” She focuses her dissertation research on narratives or stories, specifically children’s ability to

Whitnye Philippi

Whitney Philippi

Master of Public Service

Whitney Philippi comes to the Master of Public Service program with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Trent University and five years of work experience in Student Affairs. “My position at Trent was funded by provincial grants and focused on programming for first generation students.

Laura Morlock

Laura Morlock

PhD Religious Studies

“I’m very interested in what happens when you bring religion into public space,” says Laura Morlock of her PhD dissertation.  Examining how religious minorities have played a role in the development of hate speech legislation, Laura hopes to articulate how the legislation intersects with the larger conversation about Canada as a secular nation.

Sonya Bittner

Sonya Bittner

PhD Sociology

One aspect of policing deviance that remains shrouded in mystery is the role of Media Relations Officers. Having noticed a trend in declining public confidence in policing, Sonya Bittner is examining both quantitative and qualitative data to better understand the claims-making capacities of Media Relations Officers.

Carlie Leroux-Demir

Carlie Leroux-Demir

PhD Sociology

“We, as students, are working with the best of the best in the field,” says Carlie Leroux-Demir, a 5th year PhD student in Sociology. The Sociology and Legal Studies department is home to diverse faculty members with a wide range of expertise, from deviance and criminology to education and gender to security and governance.

Beynon.

Aggie and Shannon Beynon

BA'75, English and BA'98, Music

Mother-Daughter artists

Shannon (BA'98, Music) and Aggie (BA'75, English) Beynon are a mother-daughter duo who are pursuing their passion for music and fine arts through their selected careers.

Kate Dawson.

Kate Dawson

MA Rhetoric and Communication Design

Developing a new language for multi-touch gaming

“Picture a table of about four by two-and-a-half feet where the table surface is a computer screen. The screen responds to multiple types of touch, like an iPod touch, allowing for new functionality and a lot of potential applications.”

Nancy Vanden Bosch.

Nancy Vanden Bosch

Professor of Accounting and Finance

I enjoy the interaction with students on activities we do during class time. The exchange of ideas with students and their answers to my questions helps to make each class new and interesting. But what I enjoy most are those moments when a student asks me a really great question because it shows me that the student is thinking. 
Tiffany Bradley

Tiffany Bradley

BA '00, Classical Studies

Tiffany Bradley is the Administrative Manager for the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario, with a degree in Classical Studies. In this role, she oversees the areas of finance, HR, marketing, communications, events, facilities and IT.

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

BA '91, Political Science

Jeffrey Brown is a partner in the Ottawa office of Stikeman Elliott LLP, a Canadian law firm specializing in business law. Jeffrey is a member of the firm's Competition and Foreign Investment Group, practicing competition law and related areas, such as foreign investment review and unfair trade practices.

Melanie Cameron.

Melanie Cameron

BA '96 English

English grad becomes poet in the prairies

Scott Chantler.

Scott Chantler

BA '95

A master of graphic narratives

Scott Chantler (BA ’95) has been telling stories for 16 years as a comics artist and author

Jeffrey Charles.

Jeffrey Charles

BIS '06, Independant Studies

Jeffrey Charles is a natural connector, a service-oriented sales leader and strategic thinker. He brings to his clients a solid business acumen and an intrinsic ability to quickly develop an understanding of needs, opportunities, and challenges. He drives sales by strategically identifying new business opportunities and developing long-term, repeat business relationships.

Gerard Cleveland.

Gerard Cleveland

BA '89 English

Receiving a million dollar gift

Tristanne Connolly.

Tristanne Connolly

Professor of English Literature, St Jerome's

What I most enjoy about teaching is sharing ideas. Teaching literature is a challenge and a treat because it is much less about communicating facts than developing interpretations. Preparing for classes, I often discover some gem of an idea I never saw before, even in poems and novels I've read and taught many times.

Brenda Crompton.

Brenda Crompton

BA '88 Economics

Crompton calls on you to help

Gregory Culp.

Gregory Culp

BA '06, Fine Arts

Gregory started out as a student majoring in Computer Science but quickly discovered, through his electives, that his true passion was art.  He graduated from Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts with Digital Imaging Specialization.  He continued his education at Sheridan College where, upon graduating, Gregory was fortunate enough to begin a career in computer animation. 

Photo and profile of Brian DePratto

Brian DePratto

BA '07, Economics

Shannon Dea.

Shannon Dea

Professor of Philosophy

Over the years, I've almost completely stopped lecturing. I much prefer to serve as a moderator and let the students do the talking. I think that, in Philosophy at least, a model that emphasizes active student participation in the discussion is extremely effective at engaging students and helping them to come to terms with the material.

Melissa Doherty.

Melissa Doherty

BA '93, Fine Arts

Melissa Doherty graduated in 1993 with an Honours B.A. (Fine Arts) from the University of Waterloo, and was short listed in 2002 for Royal Bank of Canada's New Canadian Painting Competition. 

Vickie Van Dyke.

Vickie Van Dyke

BA '77

Radio DJ wins Broadcaster of the Year

Collin Ellard.

Collin Ellard

Professor of Psychology

I love the senior level seminar or lab courses because you have so many opportunities to get to know your students well. I never walk away from these courses without learning as much as my students. I like the larger lecture courses for the great challenge of maintaining student interest and attention. It can be a bit like theatre.  There’s also the adrenaline rush of knowing that if you pull off a stellar lecture or two you can actually change lives.

Bob Ewen.

Bob Ewen

BA '71, Philosophy

Robert Ewen came to Waterloo Philosophy from his original program in Engineering.  Intrigued with themes in Parmenides, Heraclitus, and Hegel, he graduated with an Honours B.A. in Philosophy in 1971. 

Kirsten Feldman

Kirsten J. Feldman

BA '82, Economics

Following a career in investment banking, Kirsten is an environmental activist and non-profit director.

Wayne Fox with colleagues.

Wayne Fox

BA '71, History

After receiving his BA in History from UWaterloo, Wayne Fox also completed his MBA Finance from McMaster University, his AMP Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Chartered Director (C. Dir.) Governance from McMaster University.

Jacqueline Armstrong Gates.

Jacqueline Armstrong Gates

BA '91, Political Science

Jacqueline Armstrong Gates is a partner in Gowlings' Waterloo region office specializing in civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial and banking litigation, insurance and professional liability, restructuring and insolvency and product liability.

Kurt Gengenbach.

Kurt Gengenbach

BA ’96

Gengenbach shoots for his goals

Kurt’s story is one of inspiration and determination. Upon graduation from high school, he had plans to attend university and keep playing the sport he loved – hockey. However, in January 1989, during his Grade 12 school year, his world changed. While playing hockey, he lost the edge of his skates and tripped head first into the boards.

Andrea Gilbrook.

Andrea Gilbrook

BA '04, Speech Communication

Jasmin Habib.

Jasmin Habib

Professor of Political Science

Our students bring their curiosity about the world into the classroom and I think it’s important to nurture as well as expand their sense of wonder. I enjoy learning about and from my students as well as introducing them to new ideas.

Charmaine Hammond

Charmaine Hammond

BA '95, Social Development Studies

Charmaine Hammond, CSP, MA, BA, is a Certified Speaking Professional, bestselling and award winning author and business owner, helping business and entrepreneurs achieve success.

Kara Harun.

Kara Harun

BA '06, Theatre and Business

Kara is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, for Theatre and Business. While at Waterloo, Kara acted in plays such as Marat/Sade, As You Like It, The Vanities, and Mimetic Flesh (collective).

Geoff Hayes.

Geoff Hayes

BA '04, MAcc '04

Financial detective, forensic accountant

Geoff enjoys the connotations his job title conjures up for people. As a senior forensic accountant for Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto, Geoff says with a smile,

Patrick Hofmann.

Patrick Hofmann

BA '94, English Rhetoric and Professional Writing

For over the last decade, Patrick has been working at Google in Sydney, Australia as a User Experience Designer on Google Maps, and now leads a talented team of designers. His roots began at the University of Waterloo, where he graduated from the Honours Arts & Business program plus the Honours English Rhetoric and Professional Writing program.

Meaghan Huras.

Meaghan Huras

BA '07, Speech Communication and French

Since graduating from the Arts Faculty in 2007 with an Honours degree in Speech Communication and minor in French, Meaghan has held several roles within Manulife Financial, her current employer.

Paul Imrie

Paul Imrie

BA '81, Political Science

Paul graduated from UW in 1981 with an Arts Degree majoring in Political Science. He immediately found a career in the Employment Services Industry beginning his management career working for two of the largest firms in the industry before buying his own company, Staffing Services in 1994. The company was originally established in 1985.

Paul is currently very active in fundraising for Cancer Research related projects. 

Doris Jakobsh.

Doris Jakobsh

Professor of Religious Studies

I have long considered myself as highly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to interact with and teach the young people who choose my classes. Teaching is a privilege and, I firmly believe, it is not a ‘one way street’.

Sue Johnston.

Sue Johnston

BA '99

Arts grad discusses books and life with Oprah

Doug Kirton.

Doug Kirton

Professor of Fine Arts

The main goal in my teaching is to guide students toward a rich and fulfilling understanding of why art is important to them and to our culture at large. I want them to respond enthusiastically to the world around them, to learn to trust their intuitions, and to understand that making art is another way of learning new things about themselves and their world.

Julie Cole, Julie Ellis Cole, Cynthia Esp, and Tricia Mumby

Mabel's Labels

Alumni

As a parent (of three at the time – now six!), Julie Cole, BA '95 was frustrated with the quantities of kids’ supplies that left her house and never returned.

Kathryn Ladano

Kathryn Ladano

BA '99, Music

Kathryn Ladano, MMus, is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinetists.

Monica Leoni.

Monica Leoni

Professor of Spanish & Latin American Studies

Teaching is my passion, and is the reason I became a professor. Although I also love my research, it is in the classroom that I feel happiest and most fulfilled. It is here that I know I am making a difference. Each of the courses I teach possesses a special place in my heart.

Sarah Lewis.

Sarah Lewis

BA '06 Economics

Economics grad works to improve life in Africa

“What more can I do?” was the question that consumed Sarah Lewis, BA ’06 Economics, as she left the impoverished community of Cameroon, Africa, after a four month co-op work-term with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). 

Geoff Malleck.

Geoff Malleck

Professor of Economics

I didn’t exactly follow the typical path.  I squeaked through high school and went right to work for a young company started by my father. Dad was offered an attractive opportunity that would have a huge impact on his ability to retire comfortably (small businesses typically don’t/can’t offer pensions) and my younger brother took his place. We continue to grow the company.

Kate Mather

Kate Mather

BA '75, General Arts

Kate attended the University of Waterloo from September 1972 to 1975, earning a General Arts degree.  

Sarah Moroz

Sarah Moroz

BA '12, Psychology

Sarah finished her BA at the University of Waterloo in 2012, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. While completing her degree, Sarah worked part-time in several research laboratories on campus; as a co-op student, she also worked full-time for institutions such as the University of Waterloo, the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, and Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.

Chris Mustakas.

Chris Mustakas

BA '04, Speech Communication

Chris is a father and husband living in Ottawa, Ontario. He is currently the Epic Marketing Maverick for Edge to Epic, the Creative Executive Officer and Artistic Director of the online company The Envy of Your Friends, as well as the General Manager of Gladwin Self Storage.

Kate Nichols.

Kate Nichols

BA '07; MA '09, English

Kate (Dawson) Nichols is a double Waterloo grad, earning her Honours BA in English, Rhetoric and Professional Writing (2007, Arts and Business Program) and then her MA in English, Rhetoric and Communication Design (2009). A strong supporter of adding co-op to an Arts degree, Kate worked for 4 different companies in Waterloo and Toronto while earning her BA.

Sara Onyschuk.

Sara Onyschuk

BA ’92

Arts co-op success story: shaping lives & careers

Rosemary Peros

Rosemary Peros

MA '87, Economics

Since graduating from university, Rosemary has spent the past 25 years working as a professional within various industries including government, petroleum, pharmaceuticals and financial services.

Angela Roorda, PhD.

Angela Roorda, PhD

Arts Research Development Officer

Angela Roorda, PhD

Arts Research Development Officer
Faculty of Arts
University of Waterloo

Email: aroorda@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519.888.4567 ext 37153
Office: PAS 2424

Kayleigh Platz.

Kayleigh Platz

MA '09, Anthropology

Kayleigh Platz received her MA in Public Issues Anthropology from the University of Waterloo. She focused her graduate research on design and marketing methods, and has been studying new media since 2005. Her interests range from online communication and social networks to cyberworld culture, community engagement and strategy development.

Ruth Poproski

Ruth Poproski

BA '05, Philosophy

I graduated from UW in 2005 with a BA in philosophy.

David Porreca.

David Porreca

Professor of Classical Studies and Medeival Studies

I enjoy being a link in the chain of the transmission of our common cultural heritage, as well as making that heritage relevant to the various predicaments in which our society finds itself today.

Lena Quilty.

Lena Quilty

PhD '06, Psychology

Dr. Lena C. Quilty received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Waterloo in 2006. She subsequently completed a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a three-year Project Scientist contract at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario.

Vivek Ramakrishnan and family

Vivek Ramakrishnan

BA '08, B.Ed '10 (Nipissing), MA '11, PhD '17

Overcoming Obstacles

Vivek Ramakrishnan graduated in June 2017 with a PhD  in French Studies at the University of Waterloo. He shared his story and discussed his family’s gift in support of students who face great obstacles, but persevere to accomplish their academic goals.

Nancy Richards.

Nancy Richards

BA '90, English

Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Nancy Richards enjoys the anticipation of what each new day will bring. "The best part of my job is never knowing day to day what's going to happen in the world or who I am going to interview."

William Rowat.

William Rowat

BA '74, Economics

All aboard!

As President and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada William Rowat (BA '74, Economics) presents a compelling vision for the future of rail travel in Canada.

We have been pushing government to have rail play a significant role in travel. Rail travel decreases congestion, is more fuel efficient and is safer than highway travel.

Renata Rusiniak.

Renata Rusiniak

BA '01, Psychology

Renata Rusiniak currently manages the Corporate Citizenship Team at BlackBerry. She has also managed the Community Relations Team at BlackBerry. She is responsible for BlackBerry's programs in community relations and corporate giving.

Ingrid Schiller.

Ingrid Schiller

BA '97, German

Ingrid Schiller graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1997 with a BA in German Studies.  She went on to work in Sales Promotion and Marketing at CTV, and later worked for the city of Kitchener in Business Development. She is currently the Director of Charities at Formulating Change Inc.

Devon Scoble with Korean children.

Devon Scoble

BA '01, Anthropology

Teaching in Korea satisfies yearning for travel and adventure

Nancy Silcox and her dog

Nancy Silcox

BA '74, MA '76

Nancy Silcox was a counsellor in the Special Needs Department at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) until she retired from there in 2005.

Carrie Snyder.

Carrie Snyder

BA '97, English

A man with hair hat motivates this Arts grad to write!

"Writing is never easy," says newly published author Carrie Snyder, BA '97 (English), MA '98 (Toronto). But somehow she made it happen, as Penguin Canada just published her first collection of short stories, entitled Hair Hat.

Laurie Soper.

Laurie Soper

BA (WLU), MA '87 English

Doing business like a bohemian

Geoff Sowrey.

Geoff Sowrey

BA '97

English grad and web developer takes the ride of a lifetime

Tasos Stathopoulos

Tasos Stathopoulos

BA '97, Political Science

Mr. Stathopoulos has enjoyed a progressive career in various leadership and management roles in sales, communications, marketing and project management within the hand tools, transportation, and injection molding industries.

Michael Stern.

Michael Stern

BA (McGill), MASC '73, Psychology

Do your homework!

As President of Michael Stern Associates Inc., a management consulting and executive search company, Michael believes that to be a superior candidate for a job you need to do your homework. He says,

Understand the company and the individuals who you are going to be meeting in the interview,

Lori Straus.

Lori Straus

MA '02, German Studies

Lori Straus received her M.A. in German Studies (’02) from Waterloo. She has worn many hats since then: English language assistant in Germany, public relations roles in local theatre companies (including the Multicultural Theatre Space), and theatre manager for The Registry Theatre. She has been working at OpenText since 2009.

Phillip Tanner at the water reservoir construction in Indonesia.

Philip Tanner

BA ’88 Political Science, MA ’90 Political Science

International development leader receives 14th annual Arts Alumni Achievement Award

2010 Arts Alumni Achievement Recipient: Phillip Tanner

Amanda Tkaczyk.

Amanda Tkaczyk

BA '12, Psychology

Less than a month after graduating from the University of Waterloo in August 2012, Amanda started her psychology PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. She spent a lot of time researching the graduate school application process, met with many advisers from the Centre for Career Action and read way too many online articles about graduate school.

Dave Tubbs.

Dave Tubbs

BA '08, History

David Tubbs graduated from the University of Waterloo in ’08 with an Honours BA in History with a specialization in Medieval History.

Lorie and Greg Walton with their family.

Lorie & Greg Walton

BA '83 Psychology with ECE & BMATH '84

Family comes first

Jud Whiteside

Jud Whiteside

BA '70 Political Science, LLB '73 (UWO)

Prepared… for anything!

Jeff Woodrow.

Jeff Woodrow

BA '02 Fine Arts

Woodrow creates a global community

Jeff’s story is unique. I say unique because it is something we all think about, but never get the nerve to do. Except in this case, Jeff did it. He quit his job and pursued his dream. That simple; that complex.

Tony Wagner

Tony Wagner

BA '85 Economics

Tony works in Toronto in the SAP Practice at a global consulting firm.

Zabeen Khamisa

Zabeen Khamisa

PhD candidate | Religious Studies

Zabeen’s dissertation research project brings together two seemingly disparate fields of interest — religion and social innovation and entrepreneurship.

“It’s a weird one,” she says. “When I say ‘religion and social entrepreneurship,’ people say, ‘What are you talking about?’”

Issa Ebombolo

Issa Ebombolo

MA Peace and Conflict Studies

Growing up surrounded by violence, in an armed conflict zone in the Great Lakes region of Africa, propelled Master of Peace and Conflict Studies student Issa Ebombolo to search for a better way.

Leah Govia

Leah Govia

MA Anthropology

For her MA in Public Issues Anthropology, Leah Govia is studying an unconventional group of humans: artificial intelligence experts.

Nick Zabara

Nick Zabara

MA Psychology

Say you’re about to walk into a party. You don’t know anyone but the host, and you feel a little nervous. You take up a position on the wall and survey the room, letting your anxiety settle before diving in.

Now, imagine your anxiety soars anytime your back isn’t to that wall. That kind of reaction might suggest a clinical level of anxiety.

Jenny Flagler-George

Jenny Flagler-George

Sociology PhD alumna

Until the fourth year of her undergraduate degree, Jenny Flagler-George thought she was going to be a lawyer.

Rachel Beals

Rachel Beals

Political Science MA alumna

Rachel Beals fell in love at first sight with political science. It happened in a first-year World Politics course during her B.A. at the University of Guelph. “I know it sounds cheesy and I thought it only happened in the movies,” she says, “but I loved it immediately.” But after graduation, Rachel was looking for more.

Khanh Dang

Khanh Dang

Master of Public Service alumna

After completing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Health Studies at McMaster University, Khanh Dang wasn’t exactly sure which career to pursue, but she knew she was interested in health policy.

“I knew that I wanted to be in an industry where I could positively impact others and contribute to my community,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to be able to participate in and influence the design of our communities and structure of our systems.”

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan

Master of Public Service alumna

Kate Ryan has long been drawn to education.

At first, she wanted to be a teacher. While studying toward her degree in history at the University of Windsor, she volunteered at her old high school. She soon realized the profession wasn’t for her, but her passion for education remained.

Dana Thacher

Dana Thacher

MA Anthropology

It was late April in 1848 when the surviving men aboard Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition abandoned their ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, which had been frozen for several years in Victoria Straight near King William Island.

Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker

Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker

MFA | Fine Arts

Denise St Marie completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria in BC, focusing on printmaking, multiples, and site-specific sculpture. Influenced by her previous 2 years of studies in Psychology, she used a multidisciplinary approach to her art by adding interventions to the streets of Victoria from 2000-03. As her practice grew she began collaborating with Timothy Walker in 2010, both nationally and internationally. Currently her work investigates social structures, levels of communication, contextual use of messaging, notions of micro/macro and recursive absurdity.

Jess Lincoln

Jess Lincoln

MFA | Fine Arts

Jess Lincoln is an artist from Calgary, Alberts. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University (2012) with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, having completed an exchange program in painting at Kookmin University (Seoul, South Korea). Since then she has lived in Dawson City, YT, Montreal, and Toronto, and has worked as a custom framer, art and language teacher, and interpreter at a museum of historical firetrucks. She makes primarily figurative paintings, with a specific interest in the relationships between people, their homes, and the stuff they keep in them.

Alexis Hildreth

Alexis Hildreth

MFA | Fine Arts

Alexis is a multidisciplinary artist from the Pacific Northwest. He started his education in the Visual Arts department at the University of Victoria and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2014. Alexis' work revolves around boundaries, barriers, and thresholds. He is invested in the relationship between internal and external geography, the balance of terror and awe, and with mapping the transition from one state of consciousness into another.

Robyn Walter

Robyn Walter

MA Political Science

Strategy and Program Consultant at Ministry of Finance, Ontario Public Service and Master of Arts candidate in Political Science

Robyn liked that at Waterloo it was clear that she would be able to pursue her own passions and interests in her research and her studies. Discover what else made Waterloo the right fit for her master’s studies.

Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

PhD History

Public Affairs Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and Doctoral candidate in History

Andrew splits his time between researching United States military public affairs policy and operations and working as a reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces himself. Find out what made Waterloo the ideal choice for his doctoral studies.

Stefan Jovanovic

Stefan Jovanovic

MA Anthropology

“Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples is its most important relationship. And yet, we don’t really have an understanding of how our large immigrant populations fit into the equation.” With his research, Stefan hopes to foster the relationship between immigrant communities in Toronto, and local Indigenous groups like the the Mississaugas, and Haudenosaunee.

DJ Houle

DJ Houle

Classical Studies alumnus

DJ is an alumnus of the MA Classical Studies program. He is currently working towards his PhD at McMaster University, while working for the Waterloo Regional Police Service in the Records Branch. His background in Classical Studies has been a huge asset, despite it not being the most obvious career path.

Michaela Tatu

Michaela Tatu

Classical Studies alumna

Michaela Tatu is an alumna of the MA Classical Studies program. Michaela began working on campus part-time while earning her Master’s and loved it so much that she stayed. She forges her way past the geese to Renison University College each day, where she is able to use the skills she developed in the Department of Classical Studies to contribute to the student experience.

Peter Blouw

Peter Blouw

PhD Philosophy

“I find language to be an interesting topic to study because on the one hand, it is incredibly familiar to us, while on the other hand, there are many things about language and language learning that are quite mysterious,” says Peter, a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy and Computational Neuroscience Research Group.

Uzair Belgami

Uzair Belgami

MA Global Governance

“I experienced many tensions and hierarchies spreading through society in the name of ‘development,'” explains Uzair, a MAGG student who began his studies at The University of Warwick.

Rosanne Abdulla

Rosanne Abdulla

PhD French Studies

Having started out as a Psychology major, Rosanne switched to French Studies but kept a minor in Psychology. Her interest in abnormal psychology and mental illnesses has carried on throughout her MA and now her PhD and she is finding interesting ways to combine the two fields. “I am researching the representation of depression and melancholy in contemporary French literature.

Amanda Suko

Amanda Suko

MA Anthropology

“I became interested in archaeology as an undergraduate, particularly during my first field school in Jordan. The work was strenuous but richly rewarding.

Sarah Yu

Sarah Yu

MA Economics

When asked what the next step is post-graduation, Sarah Yu, an Economics MA student, gets right down to it: “The next step is to start working.”

Ashley Rose Kelly

Ashley Rose Kelly

Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Kenneth Burke’s “unending conversation” metaphor has always been a helpful pedagogical thought exercise for me. In The Philosophy of Literary Form, Burke asks his readers to imagine arriving late to a parlor. Immediately the reader must recognize that the ongoing conversations are also preceding conversations. With this realization, the misapprehension of discourse as discrete and linear is disrupted.

Joel Blit

Joel Blit

Assistant Professor of Economics

I strive to make my courses challenging but fun. My course on game theory is a case in point. By having an experiential learning component, students get hands-on practice with the concepts discussed in class. Students get to play games against their peers and we later debrief, discussing the outcome of the games, what actions everyone chose, and what the optimal actions would have been.

Tommy Mayberry

Tommy Mayberry

PhD English

Tommy’s research on transgender visual culture in 19th century British art and literature evolved from his first “encounter” with William Blake. “I did my undergrad here in Fine Arts and English Honours and I really never understood how the two fields could work together. And then I met William Blake. He would create watercolours of his poetry.

Natalie Tennant

Natalie Tennant

BA '07, English Literature

Natalie was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario and had the opportunity to attend UW through St. Jerome’s studying English Literature. She lived in residence her first year and for the remainder of her undergrad, she floated between living in a student house with five of her friends and living at home with her family. Her first job out of University was as a Receptionist for a Trucking company.

Bessma Momani

Bessma Momani

Professor of Political Science

After teaching Introduction to the Middle East (PSCI 257 and HIST 230) for more than 10 years, with approximately 90 students every year, I felt students still wanted an experiential course to truly understand the challenges of the Middle East. So this past summer, I decided to take approximately 20 students to attend the Model Arab League in Washington DC. This was a great opportunity to see experiential learning at its finest.

Kelly Wen

Kelly Wen

BA '11 Economics, MA '12 Economics

Idealist, perfectionist and graduate of BA and MA Economics at Waterloo, Kelly Wen is the emcee, spokesperson and tour manager of Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier classical Chinese music and dance company. Over the past eight years, she has toured over 80 cities around the world, gracing the world’s most prestigious stages including New York’s Lincoln Center.

Doris R. Jakobsh

Doris R. Jakobsh

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

I strongly believe that teaching is a multi-layered process. In the university classroom in particular, we can make opportunities to learn from one another, both students and the professor. I utilize a variety of teaching strategies that foster deep learning and analytical skills that will be useful to students when they graduate, but also that acknowledge that students have both strengths and weaknesses in their learning and output styles. 

Gordon Pennycook

Gordon Pennycook

PhD Psychology

New research from the University of Waterloo indicates there’s an association between heavy smartphone use and lower intelligence. The research suggests smartphone users who are intuitive thinkers frequently use their device’s search engine rather than their own brainpower.

Danielle Palombi

Danielle Palombi

BA '05 Rhetoric and Professional Writing, MA '07 Rhetoric and Communication Design

Manager of the Centre of Student Academic Excellence within Library and Learning Services at Sheridan, Danielle oversees academic supports for the College, including its Tutoring Centres and Academic Integrity Offices. 

Christopher Watts

Christopher Watts

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Among other things, I try to impress upon my students that knowledge is often best generated through collaborative and experiential endeavours. Whether we are in the classroom, lab, or field, I want my students to know that we are exploring ideas together, and that this very process contributes to the intellectual growth of both student and professor alike.

Marlie Melo.

Marlie Melo

BA '14 History

Born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario, Marlie Melo graduated from the University of Waterloo in ’14 with an Honours B.A. in History with a minor in International Relations. She lived in residence her first year, and for the remainder of her undergraduate career, commuted from home.

Ian McGregor

Ian McGregor

Professor of Psychology

An old aphorism in sales is to “sell the sizzle, not the steak.” A veggie friendly version might be to “sell the crunch, not the lunch.” The point is that mere information is relatively inert when it comes to motivating people. Engaging people requires vivid and visceral connections to product perks. I use this premise in my Personality Psychology course.

Greta Kroeker

Greta Kroeker

Professor of History

I try to employ teaching strategies that help students play to their strengths. For example, some students love writing papers, others hate writing papers. So while students have to write in a history class (it’s a written discipline!), I try to have various types of assignments so that students can connect with content in different ways that energize their curiosity and learning. 

Ann Marie Rasmussen

Ann Marie Rasmussen

Professor of Germanic & Slavic Studies; Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies

I’m not focused on content, per se. I am less interested in imparting specific content, but rather in using content as a way to practice and build abstract thinking, research, and communication skills. And of course, this works best when you have engaging content.

Michael MacDonald

Michael MacDonald

Professor of English Language & Literature

I have found that the best strategy for engaging millennial students is just knowing the material and presenting it in an accessible but sophisticated manner. In assignments I encourage students to apply the theoretical tools they learn to fields that interest them, whether it be literature, advertising, digital design, politics, or propaganda.

Tim Westhead

Tim Westhead

Award-winning educator was an English graduate student at Waterloo

Lori Straus

Lori Straus

MA German alumna; Theatre Manager, Registry Theatre

Lori Straus, MA ’03 (German), Theatre Manager for the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, ON, says that although she is no longer pursuing a career in academe, graduate studies at University of Waterloo provided her with the skills and professionalism necessary to her career.

Natasha Dennis

MA Russian alumna; Data and Information Specialist, ConnexONTARIO

Natasha Dennis (Kazanecki) BA ’03 (Slavic Studies), MA ’04 (Russian), Data and Information Specialist for ConnexONTARIO, says that it was the small class-sizes and friendly environment that attracted her to the Slavic Studies program during her BA.

Kyle Harris

Kyle Harris

MA Global Governance alumnus; Campaign Officer, CIVICUS

Kyle Harris’ graduate studies have been bookended with a wealth of globalized experience. After living and working in Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia, he returned to UWaterloo for the MA in Global Governance (MAGG) program based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Kristyn Frank

Kristyn Frank

PhD Sociology alumna; Research Sociologist, Statistics Canada

What are your key responsibilities as Research Sociologist at Statistics Canada?

I am primarily involved with conducting research that pertains to immigration, education, and labour market issues using Statistics Canada data. 

Cesar Jaramillo

Cesar Jaramillo

MA Global Governance alumnus, Executive Director of Project Ploughshares

Cesar Jaramillo, originally from Colombia, came to Canada in 2005 with his wife seeking protected person status. With no relatives in Canada, they ended up at a refugee shelter in Toronto as they waited for their claims to be processed.

“At that point initially to be quite honest I didn’t even know Waterloo existed, what was to become my long-term home,” says Cesar.

Sarah Barran

Sarah Barran

MDEI alumna; Designer, Mobile Banking Customer Experience, Scotiabank

“The Master of Digital Experience Innovation really gave me a better understanding of how user experience could be applied to different aspects of media development. Designing a poster, a website, or the signs on a street corner all involve user experience in some way.” Sarah Barran received her MDEI in 2012 and has since gone on to work as a designer for startup company Powernoodle and now Scotiabank.

David Kempthorne

David Kempthorne

PhD Global Governance alumnus, Research Fellow - Global Economy, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

David’s research focuses on the role and influence of financial standard setting bodies in governing global finance. These institutions play an influential role in both informing national regulatory responses to financial crises and in coordinating national regulatory frameworks to help mitigate current and emerging risks in the global financial system. 

Josh Garofalo

Josh Garofalo

MDEI alumnus; Inbound Marketing Manager, Decision.io, Marmot Labs

Throughout my undergraduate years, I went from studying the great works of philosophy, to Buddhism, to cognitive psychology and neuroscience, to human physiology, and finally to how human physiology and psychology influence one another. I did well in my courses despite lacking a relevant background.

Rosalind Abdool

Rosalind Abdool

MA Philosophy alumna, PhD Philosophy candidate; Clinical Ethicist, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and the Centre for Clinical Ethics

What drew you to your current role?

Shan Chen

Shan Chen

PhD Economics alumna; Manager, Enterprise Model Risk Management, Royal Bank of Canada

What interests and goals led you to graduate studies in economics?

Alexis Nielsen

Alexis Nielsen

MA Political Science alumna; Senior Strategic Planner, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario

Following graduation from the Political Science MA program (2008) I accepted a self-funded "Junior Professional Consultant" placement in the Education Unit at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. In this role I monitored and evaluated UNHCR Education Programs in 42 refugee camps worldwide, identifying gaps and progress in delivery.

Mark Carter

Mark Carter

MA English alumnus; Development Coordinator, THEMUSEUM

Can you tell us about your position with the Sudbury Film Festival?

Since September 2012, I’ve worked with the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, one of the 5 major film festivals in Canada, as Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator. 

Marc Hurwitz

Marc Hurwitz

PhD Psychology alumnus; Chief Insight Officer, FliPskills Consulting; Lecturer, Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, University of Waterloo

“I’ve been a graduate student exploring the job market on more than one occasion. The first time, I started my own business and dropped out of grad school. The second time, I had a job and used the degree to change roles within the company. This time I had a plan and, even though there were times it seemed that the plan wasn’t working, it eventually fell into place.”

Catherine Scott

Catherine Scott

PhD English alumna; Director of Foundation Relations, Heifer International

“When I began my PhD, I definitely thought I would end up as a professor,” says Catherine Scott, a PhD English Language and Literature (2007) alumna. “I loved teaching. I still do.

Karen Neary

Karen Neary

PhD Psychology alumna; Child Development Specialist & Autism Consultant, Karen Neary Autism and Behaviour Services

“All throughout school, I was trying to decide the academic or applied track. I enjoyed research but felt that based on my personal experience, I wanted to help families that had a child with a developmental disability.”

Holly Krause at excavation site

Holly Krause

MA candidate | Public Issues Anthropology

“As archeologists, I believe we can unlock the answers to so many mysteries of human culture and people who walked this earth before we did,” says Holly Krause, MA candidate in Public Issues Anthropology.

Sara Marsh teaching

Sara Marsh

PhD candidate | German

Graduate studies provides a refreshing opportunity for an immersive education experience. For Sara Marsh, a graduate of the Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies (IcGS) who spent one year of her studies at the University of Mannheim, this couldn’t be truer.

Tess Martens painting

Tess Martens

MFA candidate | Fine Arts

Tess Martens' performance art serves as a self-portrait of her childhood, through to adulthood, as well as times of mental health and illness. In her four-part thesis show, 1, 2, 3, 4, Tess invites her witnesses-- termed this way because in performance art theory, active participants witness revelations that are shared-- to explore her experience as a young woman artist in a world that can be misogynistic and that objectifies female bodies. 

Minna on a couch

Minna Hong

PhD candidate | Accounting

After winning the Excellence in Teaching award, fourth year PhD student Minna Hong said, “I believe it is important for university students to not only acquire the knowledge required for their chosen career path, but also to develop life skills, such as discipline and responsibility, and character. As a teacher, I hope that I can play a positive role in helping students achieve these elements during their university journey.”  

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Andy Myles

MA candidate | Experimental Digital Media

The Experimental Digital Media (XDM) MA equips students with the skills to support deep reading and critical analysis, while also offering an understanding of ethical approaches to technology in culture. These skills benefit individuals looking to work in communication design and to build expertise in the rapidly evolving field of communications.

Jordyn Stewart on skates on snowy pond

Jordyn Stewart

MFA candidate | Fine Arts

If you visit the website of emerging artist and first-year MFA candidate Jordyn Stewart, you’ll discover an array of curiously mesmerizing videos and photography, some featuring the artist herself exploring natural environments, and others showing subtle or peculiar interventions of outdoor and indoor scenes.

Vanessa Lam walking in library

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Vanessa Lam | PhD candidate in Philosophy

Welcome to office hours with Professor Mathieu Doucet and PhD student Vanessa Lam.

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