The Office of the Dean supports the overall strategic goals and administrative activities of the Faculty. This work includes supporting student success and a meaningful, learner-focused undergraduate experience; the development of academic programs and curriculum; coordination across academic departments on faculty workload and assignment planning, professional development and research; Faculty governance and decision-making; and financial management.

The Dean is responsible for the overall administration of the Faculty, and is supported by the Associate Dean, Academic, who provides leadership on academic issues involving both students and faculty, and the Associate Dean, Operations, who provides leadership on administrative issues and on matters involving non-faculty employees.

Faculty of Arts and Science Academic Advising is the first stop for academic planning information related to undergraduate study within the Faculty of Arts and Science or for general program information.


Please make an appointment to meet with the Dean or Associate Deans.

Melike Schalomon

Dr. Melike Schalomon

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Professor, Psychology

Room 7-310T, City Centre Campus


  • PhD, Neuroscience (Alberta)
  • M.Sc., Psychology (Alberta)
  • B.Sc., Behavioural Neuroscience (Laurentian)

Previous Appointments

  • Associate Dean, Administration (MacEwan University)
  • Chair, Department of Psychology (MacEwan University)
  • Chair, Animal Research Ethics Board (MacEwan University)
  • Faculty appointments at the University of Alberta and Athabasca University

Areas of Specialization and Scholarly Activity

Dr. Schalomon’s teaching interests are primarily in the area of behavioural neuroscience and more broadly, the biological bases of behaviour. She has taught courses on topics related to neuroanatomy, neuropsychology, and human sexuality, in addition to introductory level courses in Psychology. Her current program of research is focused on the neurochemical bases of anxiety and conditioning in zebrafish (Danio rerio) employing computerized motion tracking of fish behaviour. Dr. Schalomon has previously published research on mice (experimental neurogenetics and neurosurgery, cerebral lateralization), rats (experimental neurosurgery, prefrontal cortex), and humans (sexuality in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder).

Dr. Joanne Minaker

Dr. Joanne Minaker

Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Arts and Science
Associate Professor, Sociology

Room 7-310P, City Centre Campus


  • PhD, Socio-legal Studies (Queen's)
  • MA, Sociology (Manitoba)
  • BA, Criminology (Manitoba)

Previous Appointments

  • Sociology Coordinator, Department of Sociology (MacEwan University)
  • Member, Presidential Transition Team (MacEwan University)
  • Member, Arts and Science Promotion and Review Committee (MacEwan University)
  • Member, Academic Governance Council (MacEwan University)
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement and the Engaged Scholar.
  • Founding faculty advisor, Change Making initiative, Student Association (MacEwan University)

Areas of Specialization and Scholarly Activity

  • Youth crime, youth justice and criminalized youth
  • Sociology of care, motherhood studies and marginalized mothering contexts
  • Social (in)justice and community engagement
  • At the core of Dr. Minaker’s scholarship are explorations of the tensions between individual agency and social systems and "the power of meaningful connections" in creating openings for personal transformation and social change.
  • Currently working on two main research projects: 1) Social Media, Engagement, and Caring 2) Sexual Violence in the Post-Secondary Learning Context
  • Select publications
    • Byrd, D., Minaker, J. & O’Reilly, A. (Eds). (forthcoming 2019) Feminist perspectives on young mothering. Bradford: Demeter Press.
    • Boulianne, S., Minaker, J. & Haney, T. (2018). Does compassion go viral? Social media, caring, and the Fort McMurray wildfire. Information, Communication & Society, 21(5), 697-711. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2018.1428651
    • Minaker, J. (2017). Appreciating Ashley: Learning about and from the life and death of Ashley Smith through feminist pedagogy. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 32(2), 291-306. Special Issue. DOI:10.1017/cls.2017.15
    • Minaker J., & Hogeveen, B. (2015) Criminalized mothers, criminalizing motherhood. Brandford: Demeter Pres.
    • Minaker, J., & Hogeveen, B. (2009) Youth, crime & society: Issues of power and justice. Toronto: Pearson.
Dr. Rob Wiznura

Dr. Rob Wiznura

Associate Dean, Operations, Faculty of Arts and Science
Associate Professor, English

Room 7-310S, City Centre Campus


  • PhD, English (British Columbia)
  • MA, English (Alberta)
  • BA, Philosophy (KU Leuven)
  • BA, English (Alberta)

Previous Appointments

  • Chair, Bachelor of Arts, General Studies, and Bachelor of Education Transfer (MacEwan University)

Areas of Specialization and Scholarly Activity

  • Milton, 17th Century literature, Bunyan, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Currently completing article on Bunyan’s The Holy War and working on a project on Milton’s Samson Agonistes
  • “Eve’s dream, Interpretation, and Shifting Paradigms: Books Four and Five of Paradise Lost.” Milton Studies 49 (2009): 108-23.
  • Teaching and research interests include Bible as literature, Milton, Bunyan, Shakespeare, classics in children’s literature

Associate Decanal Responsibilities

  • Hearing student complaints and routing appeals on matters like academic standing, course substitutions, final exam accommodations, transfer credit, and visiting student requests
  • Working with the academic integrity officer and encouraging good student citizenship
  • Helping to develop, promote, and manage co-op and community based learning opportunities
  • Advancing on-line pedagogy, including blending learning and eCampus offerings