Contact GPS

Office Hours

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. MST and 1-4 p.m. MST

Closed on statutory holidays.

Killam Centre for Advanced Studies
2-29 Triffo Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E1

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Student Support

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. MST and 1-4 p.m. MST
3-4 p.m. MST
Telephone Number: 780-492-3499
Closed on statutory holidays.

Graduate students can connect with a graduate advisor in-person or online Monday-Friday without an appointment.

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Student Inquiries

General Inquiries
To reach out to GPS about general academic or program matters:
Admissions Information
To search for a graduate program:
For inquiries related to program application requirements, deadlines, document requirements, and all other department or program-based admission processes:
For general inquiries related to Canadian and International admissions:
For inquiries related to online applications for admissions, including technical issues and application fees:
For inquiries related to student IDs (CCIDs):
Academic and Program Information
For general questions about your academic program:
For inquiries about course registrations and final/candidacy exams:
For inquiries about withdrawals, leaves of absence, and changes of category:
For changes to your personal or citizenship information:
Information about Graduate Scholarships and Student Loan Forms
For questions about graduate scholarships and awards:
To request completion of student loan forms and documents:
  • Email with your loan forms attached. The completed form will be returned to you via email within 5 business days. Please ensure you are registered prior to requesting verification on your loan forms
  • Talk to an advisor
  • Come see us at Triffo Hall (see office hours above)
Tuition and Fee Information
For information about your instructional and non-instructional fees:
Information about the Professional Development Requirement
For questions about the PD requirement and learning opportunities:
Information about the Academic Integrity and Citizenship Requirement
For questions about ethics requirements and related learning opportunities:
Information about Improving Your Teaching Skills
For questions about the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program:
Information about Sharing Your Work with the Wider Community
For questions about the Community Connect Program:
Information about Internships
For questions about the Graduate Student Internship Program:

Faculty and Staff Inquiries

General Inquiries
To reach out to GPS:
  • Email us at
  • Call us at 780-492-3499
  • Come see us at Triffo Hall (see office hours above)
Inquiries about Governance and Programs
For the submission and formal approval of changes to the Calendar in the Graduate Programs section (205).
For the development and formal approval of new graduate degree programs and/or specializations.
For the development and formal approval of new international agreements (including Shared Credential agreements)
For the development and formal approval of new graduate awards and scholarships.

GPS Associate Deans Appointment Bookings

Students wishing to book an appointment with a GPS Associate Dean to discuss an academic issue should send a request by email to:

Graduate coordinators or other faculty members wishing to book an appointment with a GPS Associate Dean to discuss an academic issue can either phone Associate Deans directly or preferably send an email request. (Contact information is located under the "Deans and Associate Deans" tab below.)

For additional information, please consult the Staff Directory below.

Staff Directory

Dean and Associate Deans
Dr. Tracy Raivio Vice Provost & Dean

(780) 492-2816

Dr. Ali Shiri

Phone: TBA

Dr. Sandeep Agrawal
Associate Dean

(780) 492-8959

Dr. Sujata Persad
Associate Dean

(780) 492-5920

Dr. Cagri Ayranci
Associate Dean

(780) 492-1163

Dr. Micah True
Associate Dean

(780) 492-1805

Bobbi Schiestel

Faculty General Manager


Andrea Riewe Executive Coordinator

(780) 492-2816

Dena Giroux Executive Assistant

Phone: TBA

For more information about GPS Associate Deans and the programs with which they frequently work, please consult this document.
GPS Operations
Andrea Riewe Executive Coordinator

(780) 492-2816

Barb O'Neil Operations Coordinator

(780) 492-3194

Ashley Bilodeau
Communications Associate


Graduate Student Services Specialists

For all inquiries related to Registration, Degree Requirements, Supervisor Updates, Records, Exams & Convocation, please contact the Graduate Student Services Specialist who is responsible for your program. The Specialists work in conjunction with the Primary and Secondary Associate Deans to ensure that all inquiries are handled efficiently and effectively. Please see this list of Graduate Student Services Specialists' Portfolios.

For all inquiries related to awards, scholarships, and postdoctoral fellowships, please contact a Graduate Student Services Specialist at

Professional Development and Community Connect Program Staff

Dr. Renee Polziehn

Professional Development & Community Volunteer Program Director

(780) 492-1675

Dr. Rob Desjardins PD Instructional Designer, Graduate Teaching and Learning
(780) 248-5742

Dr. Jay Friesen PD Instructional Designer, Graduate Teaching and Learning

(780) 248-5743

Andrea Spevak Graduate Student Internship Advisor

(780) 492-1869

Erin Sanderman Professional Development Coordinator

(780) 492-0691

Postdoctoral Affairs and Academic Visitors Office

Office Services

For general inquiries 

Dr. Cagri Ayranci

Associate Dean, and Director of Postdoctoral Affairs Office

Award Services

For inquiries related to GPS administered postdoctoral fellowships, contact an Awards Specialist

Need to find a specific staff member? Try the UAlberta Find a Person.

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