EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

PROVOST & VICE-PRESIDENT, ACADEMIC

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The Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Dr. Craig Monk, is responsible for promoting a culture of academic excellence at MacEwan University and for maintaining the university’s reputation as a student-focused institution.

The provost and vice-president, academic oversees Academic Affairs, which facilitates and supports the thematic values of the university:

  • The primacy of the learner and student engagement;
  • The central importance of good teaching and its connection to interactive relationships within the learning experiences; and,
  • The value of dynamic links to the larger social, economic and professional realities.

Within a shared governance framework, Academic Affairs is responsible for academic program development and delivery, scholarly activity, academic policies, enrolment management, educational technology, the Centre for Teaching and Learning and a number of supporting functions to support learner success and faculty engagement. In addition, Academic Affairs is accountable for the institutional and educational technology mandate at MacEwan as well as the requirements of Institutional Research.

About Dr. Monk

Dr. Craig Monk has been provost and vice-president, academic at MacEwan University since May 2018. He holds a concurrent appointment as professor in the Department of English, and he served a full term as dean of MacEwan’s Faculty of Arts and Science from 2013 to 2018.

In his current administrative role, he serves as the principal academic officer for MacEwan and leads a talented and dedicated team of deans and academic associate vice-presidents in the shared pursuit of an exemplary undergraduate experience for students. He has appointed or reappointed all ten members of this leadership team, bringing seven new leaders to MacEwan from institutions across Canada. Dr. Monk is committed to viewpoint diversity in the academy and is proud of the further dedication our institution has made to tenure and to academic freedom in our Collective Agreement as we established ourselves as an “undergraduate university” under Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act. He wrote and received unanimous approval across campus for MacEwan’s “Statement on Free Expression,” the first such original statement adopted in the province, and he remains the sponsor for our “Free Expression on Campus” policy.

He is dedicated to helping grow an institution that both reflects and engages the community it serves. Dr. Monk participated proudly in the development of Teaching Greatness: Strategic Vision 2030, a growth framework for MacEwan that honours our place in O-day’min. Over the past decade, he has been involved directly in the recruitment of hundreds of new faculty colleagues across every academic department at MacEwan, and he oversaw the growth of additional teaching and research support for the academy. He also implemented a new structure for student services, including a hub-and-spoke advising model, as we seek to expand our student numbers beyond 20,000. He completed the university’s first mandate renewal in a decade and helped establish our first General Faculties Council, the foundation for our collegial governance, and served as its first chair during twelve months of transition. He works now with the president by co-chairing, with faculty colleagues, council standing committees focused, amongst other things, on quality assurance.

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Dr. Monk received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Memorial University, an M.A. from Western University, and M.St. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University, where he held a Rothermere Fellowship at Linacre College. He was awarded further research fellowships from Indiana University, the University of Texas and Yale University. His research, dealing with topics in American literature, autobiography, modernism and publishing history, has twice been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is author of Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism (University of Iowa Press) and he completed a five-year term as co-editor of the journal of record in his field of scholarly expertise, American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography (Ohio State University Press).

He was previously professor of English at the University of Lethbridge, where he was appointed first as assistant dean (Students) and, then, as associate dean in its Faculty of Arts and Science. He served as the founding chair of the steering committee of its Centre for the Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning and as founding coordinator of its Academic Writing Program. He received their Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007.

Deans

Dr. Melike Schalomon

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Vice-Provost
Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Melike Schalomon has extensive experience as an academic leader and educator. She served as MacEwan’s inaugural chair of the Animal Research Ethics Board, chair of the Department of Psychology and associate dean prior to her appointment as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science in 2020. Her academic background is in behavioural neuroscience, and she continues her engagement in neuropharmacological work with zebrafish and active supervision of students. Her academic background as a woman from a STEM discipline teaching in the Social Sciences aligns well with leadership of a Faculty of Arts and Science with an emphasis on liberal arts and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Most importantly, Dr. Schalomon’s work focuses on providing academic leadership to build and promote excellence in faculty, staff and students. She continually strives to ensure that the learning experience for students in the Faculty of Arts and Science is engaging and invigorating and that students acquire the skills needed to find success after graduation.

Faculty of Arts and Science

Dr. Allan Gilliland

Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
Professor, Department of Music

Dr. Allan Gilliland has had a distinguished career as an administrator, educator and composer. He became the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications in January 2017 and prior to that was Chair of Music from 2012-2016.

Dr. Gillliland has also taught at the University of Alberta, the University of Edinburgh and Red Deer College. He holds a PhD in Composition from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Music degree in composition and a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of Alberta and a Diploma in Jazz Studies from Humber College.

One of Canada’s busiest composers, Dr. Gilliland has written for solo instruments, orchestra, choir, brass quintet, wind ensemble, big band, film, television and theatre. His music has been performed by some of the finest ensembles and soloists in the world and appears on over 30 CDs including three; Collaborations, O Music and Dreaming: The Prague Sessions, dedicated entirely to his music. Many of these performances have been in the world’s major concert halls including symphony halls in Boston and Detroit, Tchaikovsky Hall in Russia, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and twice at Carnegie Hall in 2012. For five years (1999‐2004) he was composer-in-residence with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and in 2012 his CD O Music was nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards and won for Best Classical Composition.

Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

Dr. David Danto

Dean, Health and Community Studies
Professor, Department of Public Safety and Justice Studies

Dr. Danto's academic career has provided him with experience across a variety of community and health contexts including hospitals, federal corrections and community-based services including services within Indigenous communities in the far north.

Dr. Danto takes an applied, community and health-related approach in his work, bringing with him invaluable experience in areas such as curriculum development (including microcredentials, study-abroad opportunities and experiential learning), expanding student funding opportunities and developing partnerships with international universities.

Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Dr. Christy Raymond

Dean, Faculty of Nursing
Professor, Department of Health Systems and Sustainability

Dr. Christy Raymond is an experienced educator, researcher and administrator, having worked in various areas of nursing post-secondary education for over 25 years. She has taught extensively in continuing, baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, supervised graduate students and mentored numerous educators over her career. With a special interest in the implementation of nursing education, Dr. Raymond has delivered various keynote addresses and published articles and books in the topic area.

Dr. Raymond has a dual-focused research program, exploring the contextual factors impacting both nursing education and the clinical workplace where nurses practice. She is engaged in CIHR- and SSHRC-funded work studying nurse staffing and its impact on care outcomes, as well as innovating nursing education practices to increase the learning of future nurses. Dr. Raymond also actively engages in scholarship of teaching and learning projects specific to nurse educators’ abilities to create meaningful learning environments for students in clinical learning environments.

Throughout her administrative experience, Dr. Raymond has led various nursing programs spanning different institutions, demonstrating expertise in academic program development, implementation and evaluation. Practicing from a relational and caring approach, she has received a number of awards for her teaching and leadership, recognizing her outstanding abilities and commitment to excellence in creating inclusive, student-centered nursing education.

Faculty of Nursing

Dr. Richard Perlow

Dean, School of Business
Professor,  Department of Management and Organizations

Dr. Richard Perlow has over two decades of experience in higher education. Before joining MacEwan as the Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Perlow worked at the University of Lethbridge in the Dhillon School of Business where he taught courses in human resource management and organizational behaviour. From 2006 to 2015 he served as the School’s associate dean. Dr. Perlow has also held appointments at the University of Manitoba, Clemson University and Auburn University.

Dr. Perlow has taught courses at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. His teaching interests are in human resource management and organizational behaviour topics such as staffing, training and job performance. He has applied experience in job analysis, recruiting, selection, training and performance management.

Dr. Perlow's research interests include personality and other individual differences in performance, counterproductive behaviour and employment discrimination. He has published his research in journals such the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Human Performance.

School of Business

Dr. Lisa Rochman

Dean, School of Continuing Education
Professor, School of Continuing Education

Dr. Rochman was appointed Dean of the School of Continuing Education on June 5, 2023. Before joining MacEwan University, she held the positions of vice dean and associate dean in the Faculty of Skills and Foundational Learning at NorQuest College. Dr. Rochman has a doctorate and master’s degree in linguistics from Ben Gurion University in Israel, as well as an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

With a focus on both credit and non-credit education and skills training, Dr. Rochman is an advocate for impactful and accessible education. She places great value on collaboration and partnerships with community organizations and post-secondary institutions. Her recent initiatives have centered around developing customizable educational pathways aimed at upskilling and empowering participants to obtain employment commensurate with their skills and experience.

As Dean of the School of Continuing Education, Dr. Rochman holds the responsibility of shaping the academic and administrative direction of continuing education. This encompasses engaging in collaborations with internal and external stakeholders, conducting needs assessments, establishing strong partnerships with community and industry and implementing processes that empower students and promote engagement and success.

School of Continuing Education

Karen Keiller

Dean, Library
Librarian, John L. Haar Library

Karen Keiller was appointed Dean of the Library on July 1, 2019. Before she came to MacEwan University, she was the University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) at Lakehead University, Director of Information Services and Systems at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John) and held positions at the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

As Dean of the Library, she strives to make a positive impact, to advocate for openness and to find creative and innovative solutions to ensure that MacEwan University Library is regarded for its creative, collaborative approaches and solutions to providing a transformative education.

Karen holds a M.L.I.S. from Western University in London, Ontario, and B.A. (Hons) from the University of Winnipeg.

MacEwan Library

Associate vice-presidents

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Chandelle Rimmer

Interim Associate Vice-President, Students

Student Affairs

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Dr. Craig Kuziemsky

Associate Vice-President, Research
Professor, Department of Decision Sciences

Dr. Craig Kuziemsky was appointed associate vice-president, research, at MacEwan University on September 1, 2019. Dr. Kuziemsky also holds the rank of professor in the School of Business. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Science and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction. He received his doctoral degree in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria in 2006.

Prior to joining MacEwan, Craig was a full professor and University Research Chair in Healthcare Innovation in the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He also served as director of the M.Sc. in Health Systems program (2010-16) and the Master of Health Administration Program (2017-19). Craig was also awarded the University of Ottawa 2013 Young Researcher of the Year Award in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Craig’s research has developed innovative approaches to model collaborative health care delivery to support the design of information and communication technology (ICT) to support different contexts of collaboration. His studies of collaboration have used approaches such as complexity theory to understand the nature of collaborative interactions in different healthcare settings such as clinical health care and public health for disaster management.

As associate vice-president, research, Craig provides leadership in developing and nurturing the research enterprise at MacEwan. Internally, he is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Office of Research Services and its responsibilities, including developing and interpreting research policy and protocols, grant administration, facilitating collaboration across MacEwan’s various faculties and promoting MacEwan’s research excellence and impact. Externally, Craig engages with the community, industry partners, different levels of government, granting councils and other research institutions and universities to create a dynamic research atmosphere for MacEwan’s faculty, staff and students. Craig also provides executive leadership for MacEwan International and Careers and Experience.

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Dr. David McLaughlin

Associate Vice-President, Planning & Analysis, and Registrar
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. David McLaughlin was appointed associate vice-president (AVP), planning & analysis and registrar on August 15, 2018. As the registrar, David oversees the Office of the University Registrar, the formal repository of student records at MacEwan and students’ leading point of contact for admissions, registration, student financial aid and convocation. Through the Office of Institutional Analysis and Planning, the AVP, planning & analysis leads the Integrated Strategic Planning activities at MacEwan; coordinates analyses for decision making, program planning and program review; and liaises with various units in the Ministry of Advanced Education and with Campus Alberta Quality Council.

David joined MacEwan in July 1998 as a mathematics instructor, following seven years in the British Columbia post-secondary system. David has a B.Sc. in mathematics (Honours) from Dalhousie University and an M.Sc. and PhD in mathematics from the University of Alberta. He is an associate professor in mathematics in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

David has held numerous leadership roles at MacEwan, including several firsts (research officer, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, vice-chair of Academic Governance Council, vice-chair of Faculty of Arts and Science Faculty Council), as well as acting associate dean of science, acting associate vice-president, academic research and, from 2013–2018, executive director of Institutional Analysis and Planning. David’s numerous service activities at MacEwan have contributed to MacEwan’s evolution into a comprehensive student-centred university. He has a passion for mathematics education and continues to volunteer time in the Math/Stats Learning Centre.

Office of the Provost contacts

Kit Anderson
Academic Affairs Governance and Administration Lead

7-210A, City Centre Campus
780-497-5420
andersonk248@macewan.ca

Greg Alstad
Manager, Academic Affairs Administration

7-210C, City Centre Campus
780-497-5630
alstadg@macewan.ca 

Stacey Martin
Senior Manager

7-252N, City Centre Campus
780-633-3624
stacey.martin@macewan.ca 

Hananeel Robertson
Communications Specialist

7-210H, City Centre Campus
780-497-5425
robertsonh23@macewan.ca 

Sharon McLachlan
Executive Assistant

7-210, City Centre Campus
780-497-4556
mclachlans7@macewan.ca