Rita Parmar
Manager, Academic and Administrative Services, Email: lingmgr@sfu.ca
Undergraduate Student Advisor, Email: lingadv@sfu.ca

Phone: 778.782.5739

Office: RCB 9200


Contact Rita for assistance with:

  • Keys/office access
  • Contract issues
  • Payroll information
  • TA/Marker and Time Use Guidelines
  • Office or classroom issues
  • Registration questions
  • Course access issues
  • Grading procedures
  • Academic integrity/honesty monitoring
  • Procurement of general equipment/supplies (non-technical, non-research related)

Michelle Beninteso
Assistant to the Chair
Email: lingasst@sfu.ca

Phone: 778.782.4798

Office: RCB 9103
Office Hours: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 

Contact Michelle for assistance with:

  • Appointments with the Chair
  • TSSU Collective Agreement processes
  • Sessional and TA contract administration
  • Faculty appointments
  • Renewal, tenure and promotion
  • Salary review
  • Faculty and employment website updates
  • Grade deadlines
  • Teaching Staff Handbook updates

Departmental Secretary
Department General Office, Undergraduate Assistant
Email: lingdept@sfu.ca

Phone: 778.782.4585
Office: RCB 9201

Contact the Department Secretary for assistance with:

General Office and Undergraduate Inquiries - lingdept@sfu.ca
  • General department inquiries
  • General information about undergraduate program admissions and courses
  • Course outlines
  • Textbook orders and desk copies
  • Room bookings (Meeting Room [9100], Saunders Room [7201], other classrooms)

Christie Carlson*
Graduate Program Assistant

Phone: 778.782.4725

Email: linggsec@sfu.ca

Office: RCB 9202
Office Hours: Monday - 9:00am - 2:15pm, Tuesday - Friday 9:00am - 2:45pm

*to December 2, 2022 leave coverage for Nina Tomlinson

Contact Christie for assistance with:

Graduate Program Inquiries - linggsec@sfu.ca
  • Graduate program application and admission
  • Graduate awards timelines and application (GA3)
  • Graduate course offerings
  • Obtaining graduate student proctors for undergraduate exams
  • Graduate student RA contract processing
  • Graduate student office allocation

Technical Support Specialist
Email: lingtech@sfu.ca

Phone: 778.782.9220

Office: RCB 9216

Office hours: Tuesday (9:45am - 2:00pm), Wednesday (11:30 am - 4:00pm), Thursday (9:45am - 2:00pm) & Friday (11:30am - 4:00pm)

Contact CJ for assistance with:

  • Office computer set-up and software issues
  • Procurement of computing/technical equipment for general, non-research use
  • See Technical Support Portal for more information

Shamina Senaratne
Communication and Events Coordinator
Email: lingcomm@sfu.ca

Phone: 778.782.7127

Office: RCB 8124
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-3:45 pm

Contact the Communications and Events Coordinator for assistance with:

  • Departmental website
  • Announcements and news articles
  • Departmental events
  • Graphic design requests 
  • Photography requests
  • Social media

Elise McClay
Research Technician, Linguistics
Email: linglab@sfu.ca

Phone: 778.782.7101

Office: RCB 7301
Office hours: Monday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Contact Elise for assistance with:

  • Experimental/data collection technology
  • Research implementation, design, and analysis
  • Laboratory hardware, software, data management, and network support and training
  • Procurement of computing/technical equipment for research-related use
  • Computing security measures

Brigid Portner
Research Grants and Projects Coordinator
Email: lingrsch@sfu.ca
Phone: 778-782-4772
Office: RCB 8122
Office hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Monday to Friday)

Contact Brigid for assistance with:

  • Applications for research funding
  • Financial, reporting and administrative requirements for research grants and projects
  • Grant-funded RA contracts
  • Research seminar series, conferences and workshops
  • Grant and project websites
  • Procurement of non-technical research-related equipment/supplies
  • Administrative support for grant holders and project RAs