The Faculty of Health and Community Studies prepares professionals for careers in the fields of health, wellness and community services. We are proud of our dedicated group of educators, professionals and researchers who share their expertise and provide students with innovative, hands-on experiences.

The Dean’s office provides academic leadership and support to faculty, staff, students and alumni across the Faculty and within the community, serving departments and programs as they strive for academic excellence.


Cassie Prochnau

Cassie Prochnau, MScOT (Alberta)

Interim Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Associate Professor, Allied Health and Human Performance


Cassie Prochnau brings over 20 years of experience as a leader and educator in her role as Interim Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies effective July 1, 2021. Throughout her post-secondary career, she has held various positions as Chair, Department of Allied Health and Human Performance, Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, and more recently as Interim Associate Vice-President, Students and Teaching, where she provided leadership and guidance to faculty and staff in the organizational areas of Student Affairs. In her role as Interim Dean, Cassie will lead the Faculty to ensure program and academic excellence, foster student success, and build strong ties with our community partners and the professions we serve.

Cassie comes with a strong student advocacy perspective and a history of teaching excellence having received a Distinguished Teaching Award from MacEwan University, a Sessional Teaching Award from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, and a Clinical Teaching Award from the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (previously Alberta Association of Registered Occupational Therapists). Her focus is on student success and creating a learner-centred environment that is welcoming and inspiring.

With over 25 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist with expertise in the fields of oncology, palliative care and geriatrics, Cassie is an engaged teacher and has taught classes in the Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapist Assistant Program since 2000. Cassie holds a MScOT from the University of Alberta (1998), a BScOT from the University of Alberta (1992).

Sharon Hobden

Sharon Hobden, M.Ed. (Alberta) Adult Education

Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies


Sharon Hobden brings a depth of experience and expertise to the Faculty from her extensive instructional and administrative appointments held over 30 years at MacEwan University. Sharon’s background includes curriculum development, implementation, and delivery, as well as administrative proficiency having worked in positions such as Coordinator, Chair, and Associate Dean. She brings a wealth of knowledge having served in a variety of roles on many institutional, Faculty, and program committees. Through her time at MacEwan, she has received two Awards of Excellence for her outstanding contributions to the university.

Sharon’s area of interest is competency development, assessment, and training. She has been involved in numerous provincial initiatives in the rehabilitation and enforcement sectors developing frameworks for identifying needs, structuring educational programs, and developing learning initiatives in the workplace. Sharon believes strongly in the transformative power of education. Sharon holds a BA (Criminology) and an M.Ed. from the University of Alberta.

As Associate Dean, Sharon has a broad range of administrative responsibilities and provides leadership to over 17 programs within the Faculty of Health and Community Studies. She works with the various departments to support program and curriculum development, advance Faculty-wide academic initiatives, and support collaborative work with our professional partners.