Assistant Dean (Advancement)
Meghan Unterschultz is an organizational wellbeing, funds development and social profit management professional with a background in business strategy, organizational development, strategic human resources, donor stewardship, communications, government relations, group facilitation, career coaching, and community engagement. As Assistant Dean, Advancement with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, Meghan develops fundraising strategies to support research and successful outcomes for graduate students.
Meghan has a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from Queen’s University, certificates in Human Resources Management and Management Development through University of Alberta, and holds the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. She is a candidate for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) professional designation. In 2017, Meghan was honoured to be named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40.
Community contribution is important in Meghan’s life. She volunteers as a Big Sister mentor and serves on the Goodwill Industries of Alberta and YWCA Edmonton boards, supporting persons with disabilities to enhance their lives through meaningful employment and helping to advance the wellness and growth of women, girls, and families. She served on the Parkland Turning Points Society board, which offers counseling programs to end the cycle of family violence, the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, the Orchestras Canada Advocacy Committee, and the EndPovertyEdmonton Community Wellbeing Committee.
Responsibilities as Assistant Dean (Advancement):
- Collaborating with the Dean of FGSR, other academic leaders, and the Office of Advancement to develop an advancement strategy, and to build and advance strong personal and professional relationships that result in philanthropic contributions from alumni and friends
- Implementing fundraising campaigns for FGSR and coordinating contacts between the University community, alumni, and donors to FGSR
- Acting as an advocate and ambassador for University of Alberta generally and FGSR specifically, engaging in relationship building and ongoing stewardship activities
- Working with the FGSR senior executive team to develop and implement strategic directions for the Faculty
My advice to our graduate students:
- Make the experience your own. Say "Yes!" when opportunities arise. Life will hold many surprises; be open to exploring unexpected paths and taking detours, following that little thrill of not-knowing when your curiosity sparks