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Dr. Melissa Oskineegish, Joint PhD Administrator/Office of the Joint PhD Secretariat

Dr. Melissa Oskineegish is the incoming Administrator of the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program who will be situated at the Lakehead University campus. Melissa is an alumni of the Joint PhD program and graduated in 2018 from the SCP Contexts field of study with Dr. Paul Berger as her supervisor.

Melissa’s previous experiences and roles as administrative assistant, contract lecturer, and research assistant with a variety of research projects at Lakehead University will bring a wealth of familiarity to her new role as Administrator of the Joint PhD program.

Melissa can be reached at:
Phone: (807) 343-8010 ext. 8891
c/o The Faculty of Education
Lakehead University
Bora Laskin Building
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1

Wanda Burger, Graduate Student Coordinator, Brock University

Wanda Burger is the Graduate Student Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Brock University.
Wanda joined the Faculty of Education in 2007 and has been with the administrative student support team in the Graduate Programs since that time.  She provides academic support to graduate students in both the Master of Education and the Joint PhD Programs.
Wanda works collaboratively with the PhD students and their supervisors to ensure they are on track to complete the degree requirements in their program.  She will assist students in navigating the services and supports that are available, which includes liaising with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the office of the Joint Phd Secretariat regarding changes &/or adjustments to student records. Wanda will provide the necessary steps to complete the Comprehensive Portfolio defence, the Dissertation defence and coordinates the oral hearings.
Wanda can be reached at the following:
Email at or through MS Teams and LifeSize (email to set up an appointment)
Office hours are typically Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.
Ms. Wanda Burger
Graduate Student Coordinator
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 5496
Fax: (905) 641-5091

Bonnie MacDonald, Administrative Assistant, Lakehead University

Bonnie McDonald is the Administrative Assistant in the Graduate Studies and Research Office for the Faculty of Education on the Thunder Bay Lakehead University campus. Previous to working in this Department, she worked for the Women’s Studies and Social Justice Departments. She is currently working on her Masters in Social Justice.
Bonnie is the mother of two very busy teenage children. She also has four dogs who she loves to walk and spoil! Travel is her passion and she escapes to the sunny south whenever possible.
In her role as the Administrator for both the Masters of Education and the Lakehead University PhD program she is responsible for assisting the Chair, faculty and students.  She addresses any inquiries about either program, works closely with Graduate Admissions and Enrolment Services, assists in planning activities, communicates the timetable with scheduling, organizes thesis and dissertation examinations and defences and generally keeps track of all students to ensure they are on track to graduate.
Bonnie can be reached by email Her office hours are 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Ms. Bonnie McDonald
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (807) 343-8010 ext. 8706
Fax: (807) 346-7771

Mandy Turkalj, Administrative Assistant, University of Windsor

Mandy Turkalj is the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, and Graduate program Secretary in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor.  Mandy’s expertise with the University of Windsor totals more than 15 years.  Previous experience on campus includes Graduate Admissions in the Office of the Registrar and Graduate Program Secretary in the School Computer Science.  Mandy is an outgoing mom of two active boys, ages 14 and 10.  You can find Mandy spending her weekends outdoors cheering for her boys playing baseball or hockey.   Mandy has been in her current role with the Faculty of Education for the past 4 years.  She is responsible for providing graduate program support to the Associate Dean, Faculty and students.  Mandy is responsible for all graduate program activities for students pursing their Master of Education and PhD in Educational Studies. This includes admissions, student records, budgets, scholarships and liaising with other Faculties on campus to provide the most valuable experience to Faculty of Education graduate students.
You can reach Mandy Turkalj using the following contact information:
Faculty of Education
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, ON N9B 3P4
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3803
Office hours: Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.