Our leadership team

The Associate Deans and leaders of the faculty embody the innovative and creative qualities of research and teaching at the University of Calgary.

Robin Yates, PhD

Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate Studies

Office of the Dean

Robin Yates

Dr. Robin Yates, PhD, Vice Provost and Dean

After practicing as a veterinarian in Australia, Robin completed his PhD and post-doctoral fellowship in Biomedical Science at Cornell University, USA. He became faculty at the University of Calgary in 2008 with a joint appointment to Veterinary Medicine and Medicine where he currently leads a research group in the field of immunology. In 2015, Robin completed a Master of Tertiary Education Management from the University of Melbourne and took on the role of Associate Dean (Student), and later the Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies where he led a team focused on graduate student affairs. In February of 2020, he was appointed as Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate Studies.

Susan Larsen

Susan Larsen, Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean

Associate deans

Jalel Azaiez

Dr. Jalel Azaiez, PhD, Associate Dean (Policy)

Dr. Azaiez chairs the Faculty of Graduate Studies Policy Committee, which is responsible for the review, approval and implementation of changes to FGS policy, regulations and procedures. Dr. Azaiez oversees cotutelle agreements, and sits on the Graduate Academic Program Subcommittee. His responsibilities include appointing supervisors, approving external examiners, candidacy and special admissions for the Cumming School of Medicine except MDCH, Schulich School of Engineering, Haskayne School of Business and the Faculty of Science.

Donna-Marie McCafferty

Dr. Donna-Marie McCafferty, PhD, Associate Dean (Scholarships)

Dr. McCafferty is responsible for awards and scholarships made available to graduate students through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. These include the Killam and Vanier awards, and Tri-Council scholarships offered through the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Graduate Awards Competition. Dr. McCafferty is the FGS representative on the Associate Deans Research Committee, and serves as the liaison with the Vice President Research office and relevant University ethics committees. Dr. McCafferty also works with the Associate Dean (Students) on student-related issues.

Dr. Suzanne Curtain

Dr. Suzanne Curtin, PhD, Associate Dean (Students)

Dr. Curtin works closely with Dr. Robin Yates, Vice Provost and Dean and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic Specialists. They support graduate students and faculty experiencing issues with supervision, research progress and extensions, misconduct, exams and conflict. Dr. Curtin collaborates with partners across campus including the International Student Services, the Student Success Centre, The Wellness Centre and others to ensure that graduate student success is supported through effective programming and referral services. Dr. Curtin also reviews thesis exams, extensions and leaves of absence.

Dr. Kimberly Lenters

Dr. Kimberly Lenters, PhD, Associate Dean (Students)

Dr. Lenters works with Dr. Curtin and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic and International Specialist team to support graduate students from across the university on matters such as candidacy and program extensions, leave of absence requests, issues associated with supervision, and academic misconduct.  Together with the student team, she assists graduate students in finding the resources they need from various campus services.  Dr. Lenters is also a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee, and the Teaching and Learning Leaders Network.


Gill Robinson

Gillian Robinson, Senior Director, Strategic Operations

Gill Robinson is responsible for managing all business operations for FGS, including Admission and Records, Scholarships and Awards, My GradSkills, and Communications. She is a member of the FGS Leadership and Executive committees and represents FGS on numerous committees across campus. Gill troubleshoots complex and escalated matters related to graduate students and is a great resource for consultation and planning.

Kim Suvan

Kim Suvan, Administrative Assistant

Kim Suvan provides administrative support to the Senior Director and Associate Deans. She coordinates student and faculty events, new supervisor workshops, some graduate level appeals, and acts as departmental liaison/coordinator for Let’s Talk Science and the Graduate Leaders’ Circle. She publishes the GRADvisor and GRADpost newsletters, co-chairs the Safety Committee, and sits on the FGS United Way Committee. She is a point-person for calendar requests and special requests specific to the Senior Director and Associate Deans.