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  • Faculty of Business and Information Technology

    Tara Bailey-Taylor

    Senior Academic Advisor, Commerce Pathways and FBIT Graduate Programs

    Tara Bailey-Taylor

    Tara Bailey-Taylor (or 'TBT', as she is most commonly referred to) studied Hotel and Restaurant Management at Loyalist College and also has a diploma in Office Administration—Engineering from Durham College.

    With a passion for giving back to all those who have helped her along the way, Tara wholeheartedly embraces the opportunity to work with students to assist them throughout their academic journey.  

    Entering her 12th year at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Tara has worked in Transfer Credit, Admissions, Accessibility Services and Advising, drawing on all of her experiences and connections across campus to provide the best possible service she can to all students. With a daughter completing her post-secondary studies this year, she has a parent’s first-hand perspective of the challenges students face.

    Summer is Tara's favourite season. She enjoys riding her motorcycle, playing baseball, golfing and kayaking, as well as weekend getaways in her family trailer.

    Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” 
    - John Wesley


    Cyndi Hillis

    Senior Academic Advisor, Commerce programs (last names A-L)

    Cyndi Hillis

    Cyndi Hillis graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University Of Ottawa, specializing in Marketing and Human Resources Management. She chose the field of advising as she has a passion for helping others.

    Her interests include spending quality time with beloved family and friends.

    "The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth."
    - Unknown





    Brianna McKay

    Senior Academic Advisor, Bachelor of Information Technology programs

    Brianna Mckay

    Brianna received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Trent University. She applies the skills and theories she learned in her undergraduate program to help students reach and surpass their academic goals!

    Brianna has a passion for health and fitness; she works part-time as a Group Fitness Instructor, teaching classes for sports and core conditioning at local gyms. Her husband is a chef and they opened a local restaurant in Bowmanville in 2015, just months before getting married!

    “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” 
    - Zig Ziglar



    Emily McKnight

    Senior Academic Advisor, Commerce programs (last names M-Z)

    Emily McKnight

    Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and completed two diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Police Foundations, both from Durham College. She also achieved a postgraduate degree at York University in Dispute Resolution, which included theory and practice skills in mediation, negotiation and arbitration. She has worked in an advising role for the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Health Sciences. She loves penguins, enjoys travelling, boating and spending time with her family and friends. Over the course of her employment at the university, she has helped students plan for educational achievement. The purposeful decisions of how to adapt and support students into and through their university career is at the heart of her passion for academic advising.

    “It is so easy to forget how precious it is to be alive.”



  • Faculty of Education

    Susan Snelling

    Academic Advisor

    Susan Snelling


  • Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

    Kerry Morrison

    Academic Advising Co-ordinator and Senior Academic Advisor 

    Kerry Morrison

    Kerry attended Wilfrid Laurier University and completed a Bachelor of Arts program. While working full time, she completed her Master of Education with Brock University; her thesis focused on Academic Advising.

    She loves meeting prospective students at recruitment events, seeing them at orientation, helping them navigate their university career, watching them walk across the stage at convocation and then getting updates from them as alumni.  

    She loves photography, travelling, surfing and Halloween.

    "Life is like a camera. Just focus on what is important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives. And if things don’t work out, take another shot.”
    Ziad Abdelnour


  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

    Holly MacPherson

    Academic Advisor


    Holly MacPherson completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at the University of Leeds, England. She travelled extensively after university and eventually landed in Canada where she loves the diversity, politeness and outdoors. She spends her free time skiing in the winters, camping in the summers and generally seeks adventures and fun times. She loves meeting new people and hearing about their experiences; the best part of her job is helping students through their university journey.

    "Believe you can and you’re halfway there."
    – Theodore Roosevelt



    Brittany McFarlane

    Academic Advisor 

    Brittany McFarlane

    Brittany McFarlane completed her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Guelph. She got into advising because she loves the university atmosphere and connecting with students, and she feels there is so much more to gain at university than just one's academic record.

    Advising can help connect you to other resources, supports and opportunities on campus to make the most of your experience at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology—so drop by and say hi!


  • Faculty of Health Sciences

    Dan Crouse

    Manager, Academic Advising Operations

    Dan Crouse

    Dan Crouse earned a Bachelor of Arts from York University, followed by a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University, and a Master of Education from Brock University. As for hobbies, he enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.

    Dan loves being able to help students in his role. He enjoys being able to work to resolve complex issues, particularly in difficult cases, so students can continue to thrive in their educational pursuits

    “Do or do not. There is no try”.


  • Faculty of Science

    Tara Funston

    Senior Academic Advisor

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    Nicole Süss

    Academic Advisor

    Nicole Suss

    Nicole Süss specializes in helping Science students find their passion and meet their academic goals. She has a Biological Science degree as well as a Bachelor of Education; she was one of the early graduates of the Concurrent Education program offered at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. While completing her undergraduate degree she also had the opportunity to work as a Research Assistant in the Kirkwood Lab. She also went on to become a Teaching Assistant for first year Biology courses before settling in to the Academic Advising role she holds today.

    "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
    Albert Einstein


    Shelly Windsor

    Academic Advisor

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    Shelly attended Trent University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Following her undergrad, Shelly pursued a post-graduate qualification in Human Resources and practised for four years before leaving to live abroad. While living overseas, she fulfilled a life-long dream and attended law school, completing her LL.B.  She has a passion for education and all the options it can provide for students. She brings the experience of both studying and working in higher education abroad, as well as at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where she has worked since the beginning of 2016.  Her favourite part of her job is seeing a student bounce back when they experience a setback, and supporting them to ultimately succeed.

    Her interests include live music, cooking, travelling, yoga and dogs. 

    "Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful [university] experience.”
    - Light, R.J. (2001), Making the most of college. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


  • Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

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