Academic advising is available to assist all new and returning students from year one to graduation.

Academic advising will help you develop education plans for achieving your goals. It includes:

  • receiving advice on academic matters
  • taking ownership of your education
  • making effective and informed decisions concerning your degree
  • connecting university experiences to personal, academic, and career goals
  • collaboration and partnership 

Students can get help planning their academics through:

  • academic advisors
  • faculty program advisors
  • career advisors

Academic advisors

Our academic advisors can help you with program plannings, degree requirements, or if you have questions or concerns about your academics.

Some issues are easily resolved via e-mail while others may require a discussion in person. Remember, advisors will be very busy during peak periods (registration) so plan ahead and book an appointment early!

    Contact your academic advisor:

    Sarah Cormier

    Areas: BComm and BSc

    Stephanie Richard

    Areas: BA, BFA, and BMus

    What can my academic advisor help me with?

    Academic advisors can:

    • assist with course selection and registration
    • help interpret academic policies and procedures
    • help you consider options for major and minor programs
    • clarify degree and program requirements
    • assist with program planning and  tracking progress towards graduation
    • provide guidance in formulating and realizing academic goals
    • help you understand the consequences of academic decisions
    • respond to concerns related to academic performance and academic standing
    • answer your questions on academic matters and regulations
    • highlight important dates and deadlines
    • make referrals to appropriate resources
    When should I meet with an academic advisor?

    We suggest that you take the initiative to meet with an advisor at least once a year, and to seek advising when it is needed — whether you are struggling academically or not.

    Contact an academic advisor any time you have questions or concerns about academic matters. Some issues are easily resolved via e-mail while others may require a discussion in person.

    Students with a declared major or minor are strongly advised to consult with a program advisor prior to seeing an academic advisor.


    Program advisors

        Program advisors have particular expertise in their discipline and programs. Each academic department and program has a designated faculty member available to advise students.

        Contact your program advisor

        Once you've declared a major and minor, we strongly recommend you seek academic advising from a program advisor.

        We also recommend you consult with program advisors as you consider your choice of major or minor.

        Program advisors for 2021-2022 (effective July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022)

         

        Arts Programs Advisor
        Art History Dr. Anne Koval
        finearts@mta.ca
        Drama Studies Dr. Glen Nichols
        drama@mta.ca
        English Dr. Janine Rogers (fall)
        Dr. Robert Lapp (winter)
        english@mta.ca
        Fine Arts Prof. Leah Garnett
        finearts@mta.ca
        French Studies Dr. Kirsty Bell
        mll@mta.ca
        German Studies Dr. Renata Schellenberg
        mll@mta.ca
        Hispanic Studies Dr. Juan Carols Martinez
        mll@mta.ca
        Japanese Studies Dr. Kirsty Bell
        Dr. Tim Reiffenstein
        mll@mta.ca
        Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Dr. Kirsty Bell
        mll@mta.ca
        Music Dr. Stephen Runge
        music@mta.ca
        Visual & Material Culture Studies Dr. Christina Ionescu
        cionescu@mta.ca

         

        Humanities Programs advisor
        American Studies Dr. Peter Brown (fall term)
        Dr. Michael Fox (winter term)
        americanstudies@mta.ca
        Canadian Studies Dr. Andrea Beverley
        canadianstudies@mta.ca
        Classical Studies Dr. Bruce Robertson
        classics@mta.ca
        Community Engaged Learning Dr. Fiona Black
        religion@mta.ca
        History Dr. William Lundell
        wlundell@mta.ca
        Philosophy Dr. Roopen Majithia
        philosophy@mta.ca
        Religious Studies Dr. Fiona Black
        religion@mta.ca
        Women's and Gender Studies Dr. Krista Johnston
        krjohnston@mta.ca

         

        Social sciences Programs advisor
        Canadian Public Policy Dr. Craig Brett
        economics@mta.ca
        Commerce Prof. Paul Berry
        commerce@mta.ca
        Economics Dr. Frank Strain
        economics@mta.ca
        Environmental Studies Dr. Brad Walters
        geography@mta.ca
        Geocomputing Dr. Dave Lieske
        geography@mta.ca
        Geography Dr. Dave Lieske
        geography@mta.ca
        International Economics and Business Dr. Craig Brett
        economics@mta.ca
        International Relations Dr. Dave Thomas
        Dr. Mario Levesque
        inlr@mta.ca
        Mathematical Economics Dr. Craig Brett
        economics@mta.ca
        Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

        Dr. Dave Thomas
        Dr. Mario Levesque (politics stream)
        Dr. Craig Brett (economics stream)
        Dr. Roopen Majithia (philosophy stream)
        ppe@mta.ca

        Political Science Dr. Loralea Michaelis
        polsci@mta.ca
        Sociology Dr. Erin Steuter
        sociology@mta.ca

         

        Science programs advisors
        Aviation Dr. Fraser Turner (BSc)
        Prof. Paul Berry (BComm)
        aviation@mta.ca
        Biology Dr. Karen Crosby
        Dr. Diana Hamilton
        Dr. Matt Litvak
        biology@mta.ca
        Biochemistry Dr. Jeff Waller
        chembiochem@mta.ca
        Chemistry Dr. Glen Briand
        chembiochem@mta.ca
        Cognitive Science Dr. Genevieve Desmarais
        psych@mta.ca
        Computer Science Dr. Liam Keliher
        cs@mta.ca
        Data Science Dr. M.E. Messinger
        math@mta.ca
        Environmental Science Dr. Josh Kurek
        envsci@mta.ca
        Mathematics Dr. M.E. Messinger
        math@mta.ca
        Physics Dr. David Fleming (fall term)
        physics@mta.ca
        Psychology Dr. Genevieve Desmarais
        Dr. Gene Ouellette (fall term)
        Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton
        psych@mta.ca

         

        Certificates

        Biopsychology - Dr. Jennifer Tomes jtomes@mta.ca
        Canadian Arts and Culture -Dr. Andrea Beverley abeverley@mta.ca
        Community Engaged Learning -Dr. Fiona Black fblack@mta.ca
        Data Analytics - Dr. M.E. Messinger mmessinger@mta.ca
        Data Management -Dr. M.E. Messinger mmessinger@mta.ca
        Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion -Dr. Erin Steuter esteuter@mta.ca
        Foundations of Health - Dr. Odette Gould ogould@mta.ca & Dr. Vett Lloyd vlloyd@mta.ca
        Social Research Methodologies - Dr. Erin Steuter esteuter@mta.ca
        Certificate in Theatre Arts - Dr. Glen Nichols gnichols@mta.ca
        Visual Literacy and Culture - Dr. Christina Ionescu cionescu@mta.ca

        What questions can be directed to program advisors?
        • Honours programs
        • Independent studies
        • Research opportunities
        • Graduate/professional studies 
        • Program curriculum and course content
        • Academic requirements and course options for honours/major/minor programs
        • Program planning and course selection advice
        • Complementary courses for major/honours programs which must be chosen in consultation with the program advisor

        Contact your department head

        In some cases, the role of department head and program advisor may be filled by the same faculty member but this is not always the case.

        Department heads must approve the following:

        • Registering for a course without having the prerequisites
        • Variances in your program (e.g. replacing a required course with another)
        Department heads and program coordinators

         

        Arts and humanities Dean of Arts: Dr. Vicki St. Pierre
        American Studies Dr. Peter Brown (coordinator)
        pbrown@mta.ca
        Canadian Studies Dr. Andrea Beverley (director)
        abeverley@mta.ca
        Classics Dr. Bruce Robertson
        brobertson@mta.ca
        Drama Dr. Sarah Fanning (director)
        sfanning@mta.ca
        English Dr. Robert Lapp
        rlapp@mta.ca
        Fine Arts Prof. Leah Garnett
        lgarnett@mta.ca
        History Dr. William Wilson
        wwilson@mta.ca
        Modern Languages and Literatures Dr. Kirsty Bell
        kbell@mta.ca
        Music Dr. Stephen Runge
        srunge@mta.ca
        Philosophy Dr. Robbie Moser
        rmoser@mta.ca
        Religious Studies Dr. Barb Clayton
        bclayton@mta.ca
        Visual and Material Culture Studies Dr. Christina Ionescu (director)
        cionescu@mta.ca
        Women's and Gender Studies Dr. Leslie Kern (director)
        lkern@mta.ca
        Social Sciences Dean: Dr. Nauman Farooqi
        Commerce Prof. Paul Berry
        pberry@mta.ca
        Economics Dr. Frank Strain (acting)
        fstrain@mta.ca
        Geography and Environment Dr. Dave Lieske
        dlieske@mta.ca
        Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Dr. Craig Brett (acting)
        cbrett@mta.ca
        Politics and International Relations Dr. Mario Levesque
        mlevesque@mta.ca
        Sociology Dr. Erin Steuter
        esteuter@mta.ca
        Science Dean: Dr. Jennifer Tomes (interim)
        Biology Dr. Diana Hamilton
        dhamilton@mta.ca
        Chemistry and Biochemistry Dr. Vicki Meli
        vmeli@mta.ca
        Cognitive Science Dr. Genevieve Desmarais (coordinator)
        gdesmarais@mta.ca
        Mathematics and Computer Science Dr. M. Messinger
        mmessinger@mta.ca
        Physics Dr. Catherine Lovekin (acting)
        clovekin@mta.ca
        Psychology Dr. Gene Ouellette (acting)
        gouellette@mta.ca

         


        Career advisors

        To help you find your way from academic studies to a rewarding future, we provide group programs, individual career advising, and career resources.

        For more information, visit career planning and resources.