The following faculty members won the Distinguished Teaching Award for 2017.
Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Ahna Berikoff received her doctorate from the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria in 2013 and joined MacEwan University in 2010. Ahna’s classes highlight relational practice, critical social theory and social justice. Informed by critical pedagogy and cultural humility, Ahna provides creative opportunities for students to engage in study, activities and discussion that address cultural identities, decolonizing knowledge and social justice. Engaging in these topics bridges theory to practice by preparing students to support children, youth and families in diverse community settings. Currently, Ahna is involved in a collective writing project with CYC students and graduates involving identity, sites of difference, decolonizing knowledge and agency in classroom contexts.
Etayankara (Murli) Muralidharan
Associate Professor, Bachelor of Commerce
School of Business
Murli has a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba. He has an undergraduate degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and has post graduate qualifications in management from the Indian Institute of Management. He has been a British Chevening Scholar at the Manchester Business School in the UK.
Prior to his joining the PhD program he was working for over two decades in various divisions of the Tata Group from India, in the areas of International Business, Marketing, and Business Excellence. He has also served as Regional Manager for Tata International in Latin America. His teaching and research interests stem from the experiences he has had in the corporate world. His research interests are in the areas of organizational crisis management, international entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship. His research has won him best paper awards in leading international and national conferences such as the Academy of Management and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. His teaching interests are in the areas of international business, marketing, and corporate strategy.
Students, he believes, are a great source of motivation for him, and classroom time with them is something that he always looks forward to.
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Science
Lisa received a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College, a small liberal arts institution in Northfield, Minnesota. While deciding between pursuing a career in teaching or in more research-intensive science, she worked as a research technician in a clinical pharmacology/oncology laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Here she learned about the intricate molecular pathways that are the basis for cellular function and saw how results in the lab could be applied directly to cancer patients. This experience sparked her interest for further study in cell biology and led to her crossing the country to attend graduate school in Seattle, where she received her doctorate degree in pharmacology at the University of Washington.
While laboratory research continued to be fascinating, Lisa was once again pulled towards teaching. While still at the University of Washington, she completed a Master’s degree in Teaching, and used this training while instructing grade 9-12 high school students for several years.
After moving to Edmonton, Lisa taught as a faculty lecturer in biology at the University of Alberta. Becoming a continuing faculty member in the biology department at MacEwan University has provided her with flexibility and endless opportunities to design biology curriculum that aligns with her core teaching philosophy that all university students can be scientifically literate. Lisa asks both biology majors and non-majors alike to use, analyze, discuss, communicate, and apply their biology course knowledge in both academic and ‘real-life’ settings so that they can relate it to aspects of their lives outside of the classroom. With this foundational combination of knowledge and skills, her students are prepared to navigate their ways through science related information and decisions that confront them once leaving university.
Associate Professor, Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Science
Sandy’s fascination with understanding abnormal and deviant behaviour started in her undergraduate studies after she took a forensic psychology course. The field of forensic psychology would inevitably dominate her research and professional career.
Sandy joined the Department of Psychology in 2007 after practicing as a forensic psychologist. Her passion for teaching in the classroom and being a supervisor and mentor in the research laboratory has been steadfast. Sandy encourages students to achieve their academic potential through engagement in critical thinking and analysis and the adoption of rigorous, innovative, and scientific approaches to research. Her program of research, which focuses on sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and risk assessment, has consistently attracted students as collaborators and future contributors to the profession.