Dr. Melike Schalomon, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

Dr. Melike Schalomon

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Professor, Psychology


  • 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).

Faculty of Arts and Science


Dr. Allan Gilliland, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

Dr. Allan Gilliland

Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

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.
Allan 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, Allan 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 CD's 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 Hall's 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

Cassie Prochnau, Interim Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Cassie Prochnau

Interim Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Associate Professor, Allied Health & Human Performance
MScOT (Alberta)

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). 

Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Dr. Christy Raymond, Dean, Faculty of Nursing

Dr. Christy Raymond

Dean, Faculty of Nursing

Dr. Christy Raymond is an experienced educator, researcher and administrator, having worked in various areas of nursing postsecondary education for over 20 years. Christy 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 development of nurse educator capabilities, Christy has delivered various keynote addresses, co-published a fundamentals of nursing textbook utilized by local health authorities, and offered various faculty development sessions related to her areas of expertise. 

Dr. Raymond has a diverse research program, exploring dually nursing education and nursing practice from the lens of the educator and nurse, respectively.  More specifically, Christy 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. Christy 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. Christy has been a strong advocate for nursing research in Canada, recently serving the Canadian Association for Nursing Research (CANR) as Interim President.

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, Christy 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. Craig Kuziemsky, Interim Dean, School of Business

Dr. Craig Kuziemsky

Interim Dean, School of Business

Dr. Craig Kuziemsky is an experienced teacher, researcher, and administrator. He has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses and has an extensive record of student supervision at all levels.  Prior to joining MacEwan in 2019 as Associate Vice-President Research, Dr. Kuziemsky spent 12 years at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa where he held academic and administrative positions. From 2016-19 Dr. Kuziemsky was the University of Ottawa Research Chair in Healthcare Innovation. He was also awarded the University of Ottawa 2013 Young Researcher of the Year Award in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Dr. Kuziemsky’ s research is in health systems management, specifically the design and evaluation of innovative approaches for the management of collaborative care delivery and health system transformation. He has published over 180 peer reviewed conference and journal publications, 8 book chapters, and has co-edited 6 books. Dr. Kuziemsky has been a part of over four million dollars of research funding including $500,000 as principal investigator. Dr. Kuziemsky has led international working groups in his discipline and in 2020 he was elected a fellow of the International Academy of Health Science Informatics.

Dr. Kuziemsky also holds the position of Associate Vice-President, Research.

School of Business

Dr. Heather McRae, Dean, School of Continuing Education

Dr. Heather McRae

Dean, School of Continuing Education

Heather McRae was appointed Founding Dean of the School of Continuing Education on April 14, 2014. She was previously an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of Engaged Learning at the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Heather has extensive work experience in continuing education both at the University of Victoria and Okanagan University College.

As Dean of the School of Continuing Education at MacEwan University, Heather is responsible for developing and overseeing the academic and administrative direction of continuing education. This involves collaboration and consultation within and outside of the university, needs assessment, partnerships with key stakeholders and the establishment of structures and processes that enable student participation and success.

Heather has completed a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Science from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia. She received a graduate student award for her thesis on community engagement and a journal award for her article outlining the role of continuing education within the university and society from the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education (CAUCE).

She continues to explore community engagement policies and practices within her research program and through involvement in committees and organizations. Heather is currently the Chair of the Research and Information Committee for CAUCE and the Co-founder of the Affinity Group on Community Engagement within the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. She is also involved in an international project on mainstreaming community-based research and a pan-Canadian SSHRC funded initiative supporting the development of innovative, resilient and prosperous communities.

School of Continuing Education

Karen Keiller, Dean, Library

Karen Keiller

Dean, 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 has held positions at the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

As Dean of the Library, Karen strives to make a positive impact, to advocate for openness, and finding 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