Office of the Dean

Assistant Dean (Administration)

Amy Dambrowitz

Assistant Dean (Administration)


Education and Career Highlights:

  • PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia
  • BScH, Biochemistry, Queen's University
  • I have been a part of the University of Alberta’s research and planning community for eight years, most recently as Strategic Development Manager in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and Research Development Officer in the Faculty of Engineering.

  • As well, I was a key member of the team that developed For the Public Good, the University's 2016-2020 strategic plan.

  • Since earning my Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia in 2001, I have worked at institutions in Canada and the US, and developing my understanding of research, academic planning processes, and university culture, including the central importance of graduate students to research and teaching.

Responsibilities as Assistant Dean (Administration):

  • To support the academic mission of the University by leading the operations of the Faculty
  • To ensure that FGSR has the human, physical and technological resources required to provide exceptional service to students and departments
  • To work in partnership with the Vice-Provost and Dean, FGSR, and the Faculty's Senior Financial Officer to develop and implement the Faculty's strategic plan
  • To build and maintain strong, positive, long-term working relationships with client and partner units across the University, and with our provincial and national partners
  • To make certain that FGSR is a great place to work, a great team for others to work with, and most importantly, a source of support and encouragement for the academic success and professional development of all University of Alberta graduate students

Personal Interests & Hobbies:

  • Traveling with my family, Scottish country dancing, and being a Girl Guide Leader

Fondest graduate school memory:

  • The moment that I realized that I had made an observation that was entirely new.

Favourite thing about the University of Alberta:

  • The diverse, talented, dedicated, and knowledgeable people who work together across this university for the benefit of our students and our society as a whole.

If you could tell graduate students to read one book, what would it be:

  • I could not limit myself to a single book. I strongly believe that reading a wide variety of writing, including fiction and non-fiction, and academic and non-academic works, is essential to developing strong written communication skills.

Advice to graduate students:

  • Have a plan where you are going after graduate school, and remember to work towards the goal. Then, enjoy the unique opportunity that you have to think broadly and deeply about a problem of your choosing.

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