The former chair of the School of Women's Studies, McPherson has been a member of the executive committee for the graduate programs in history and in gender, feminist & women's studies. An historian, she is also a professor in the Department of History in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and a historian of women, health and work.
She has served on the Senate Committee for Tenure & Promotion and is currently chair of the Committee on Student Academic Petitions for the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. As well, Professor McPherson has supervised and served as a committee member on numerous masters' theses and doctoral dissertations.
McPherson is the author of Bedside Matters: The Transformation of Canadian Nursing (University of Toronto Press, 2nd edition 2003), has co-edited two volumes of essays, and is co-director of the journal Social History/ Histoire Sociale.
“We are looking forward to working with Professor McPherson whose graduate experience, intelligence, good spirit and high ethical standards will serve the Faculty of Graduate Studies well,” says Barbara Crow, interim dean & associate vice-president of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.