Departments

Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science

 

Dr. Shahidul Islam, Chair

Taking direction from the strengths and interests of the current faculty, emerging trends in the social sciences, and global social and cultural needs, the department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science offers its students diverse opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, including an annual interdisciplinary undergraduate conference on emerging global issues and trends.

The department offers a field placement in economics and archeological field training and an anthropological field seminar in alternating years. Each year, members of the faculty-led Model UN club have the opportunity to attend simulations of the UN and other international organizations.

The anthropology lab houses the university's human and faunal skeletal collections, as well as artifacts such as pottery, stone tools and prehistoric weapons and is valued as both a teaching and research facility.

Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Kevin Friesen, Interim Chair

The department of Biological Sciences offers one of six majors in the four-year Bachelor of Science degree. Courses in the department support two streams of study—Molecular/ Cellular Biology and Ecology/Environmental Biology.

Fifteen full-time faculty (including three laboratory instructors and a laboratory supervisor) and four full-time technicians support the delivery of laboratory curriculum inside newly constructed facilities that include a microscopy suite, a tissue culture facility, a histology centre and a small aquatics room with freshwater and marine tanks. During spring and summer terms, the five undergraduate teaching laboratories are used by faculty and students for research activities.

The department provides opportunities for students to study life from its smallest to its grandest both inside and outside the classroom. A third year Tropical Rainforest Ecology course includes an 18-day field trip to Ecuador where students have the opportunity to experience a variety of ecosystems including the Amazonian lowland rainforest, the Andean cloud forest and the Galapagos Islands.

Department of Computer Science

Dr. Cameron Macdonell, Chair

Career paths for computer science graduates include work as systems analysts, software developers and programmers, database analysts and administrators, software engineering network and system administrators and web-based developers - the department of Computer Science recognizes that a significant portion of the jobs open for graduates will not be in the IT sector.
The courses offered strongly reflect a breadth of foundation highly regarded in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Department of English

Dr. Jillian Skeffington, Chair

In addition to offering English as both a major and a minor as part of the Bachelor of Arts degree, the department of English offers courses to all students at MacEwan.

Through exciting programs that bring influential writers into the University, the department of English inspires minds across campus and provides students with opportunities to enrich their educational experience. The Canadian Author’s Series organizes annual readings by both local and national writers. The Writer in Residence program provides another link to working writers, by hosting an Albertan writer on campus who is available as a resource for both students and the public. Other exciting activities include Confluence, a biannual award-winning student produced publication, and the MacEwan Book Project, which offers diverse programming centered on a contemporary Canadian novel.

The department of English strives to create an environment that demands excellence and expresses our commitment to helping students succeed.

Department of Humanities

Dr. Edvard Lorkovic, Chair

The department of humanities builds upon the strength of its multi-disciplinary structure. It continues its commitment to excellence in teaching through retention and recruitment of faculty to complement the department’s strengths. The department works to achieve a teaching workload that promotes the pursuit of knowledge and excellence in student learning. Faculty are encouraged to take the initiative in designing new courses, to pursue opportunities to teach specialized material at advanced levels and ensures that they have the resources to conduct research and maintain currency in their discipline.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Karen Buro, Chair

The faculty in this department are dedicated to providing an education with the knowledge and broad analytical skills that are valuable in today’s world. Torus Talks, a regular presentation series, was developed to engage faculty members and students to share insights into the uses and versatility of mathematics and statistics. Math majors have the tools to make the world a smarter place.

Department of Physical Sciences

Dr. Evan Hackett, Chair

This department oversees the disciplines of chemistry, Earth and planetary sciences and physics. The faculty are experts in the areas of physical chemistry, geochemistry, chemical analysis, thermal physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, geology, mineralogy, geographic information systems and global change.

Department of Psychology

Dr. Lynne Honey, Chair

The department offers a major and minor in psychology in both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. An honours degree in psychology is also offered.

Faculty are heavily engaged in research in all areas of psychology and students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. Field placements in clinical psychology at a variety of community organizations, is also made available to eligible students.

Department of Sociology

Dr. Tami Bereska, Interim Chair

Through the Bachelor of Arts degree, a major and minor with either a focus on criminology or family, youth and diversity, is available in sociology. The department also offers a competitive honours degree, which allows students to develop and implement their own research project.
An emphasis on practical use is demonstrated through courses such as the Community Based Criminology Project, where students are placed in an organization where they can apply their knowledge and skills in a supervised research, evaluative or analytical project.