Office of the Dean

Assistant Dean (Advancement)

Meghan Unterschultz

Assistant Dean (Advancement)


  • Certificate in Human Resources Management, University of Alberta
  • Certificate in Management Development, University of Alberta
  • BA (Hons.), Religious & Women's Studies, Queen's University

Responsibilities as Assistant Dean (Advancement):

  • Work with the Dean of FGSR and other faculty leaders to develop an advancement strategy and fundraising properties for the Faculty
  • Implement fundraising campaigns for FGSR and coordinate contacts between the University community, alumni, and donors to FGSR
  • Collaborate with the Dean, other academic leaders, and the Office of Advancement to build and advance strong personal and professional relationships that result in philanthropic contributions from alumni and friends
  • Act as an advocate and ambassador for University of Alberta generally and FGSR specifically, engage in relationship building and ongoing stewardship activities
  • Work with FGSR senior executive team to develop and implement strategic directions of the Faculty

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation
  • Avenue's Edmonton Top 40 Under 40, Class of 2017

Memberships and Affiliations/Public Contributions:

  • Board Director, Goodwill Industries of Alberta
  • Volunteer as a Big Sister mentor
  • Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Edmonton Chapter
  • Member, CHPR Alberta

Personal Interests & Hobbies:

  • Singing with ETown Augmented, a non-profit pop a cappella choir
  • Arts and culture activities of all kinds - festivals, dance, theatre, music
  • Reading, writing, mixed media art, and painting
  • Mountain getaways

Fondest university memory:

  • Summer abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, working at the famous castle ruins

Favourite thing about the University of Alberta:

  • The 'let's make it happen' attitudes and sense of possibility and discovery in the people I encounter

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

  • One book?! Just read. Read to learn, read to escape, read to stoke your curiosity and to satisfy it. There is a bookcase in every room in my home and not enough shelf space.

Advice to 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.