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

Dr. Melike Schalomon

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

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

Dr. David Danto, Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Dr. David Danto

Dean, Health and Community 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

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. Richard Perlow, Dean, School of Business

Dr. Richard Perlow

Dean, School of Business

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, MBA, and doctoral level. 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. 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.

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Associate Deans

Chandelle Rimmer, Associate Dean, Students

Chandelle Rimmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music and Section Head, Voice

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Dr. Sandy Jung, Associate Dean, Research

Dr. Sandy Jung is a professor in the Department of Psychology since 2007 and was appointed Associate Dean, Research, at MacEwan University on July 1, 2022 (previously serving in an interim role 2021-2022).

She maintains an active research program in her Psychology Crime Lab (PCL@M) that focuses on the prevention of sexual assault, child sexual exploitation, and intimate partner violence and is funded by both internal and major external grants. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field of forensic psychology, often co-authored with her students and several of her collaborators in law enforcement, forensic mental health, and other academic institutions in Canada, U.S., and other parts of the world. She regularly provides supervision of honours and advanced research students. Sandy was a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award (2017), Distinguished Research Award (2018), Board of Governors Research Chair (2018-2020), and the CAFA Distinguished Academic Award (2021). She serves on the editorial board for the journals, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Offending: Theory, Research, and Prevention, and Canadian Psychology. She is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and has an appointment as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta.

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Dr. Joanne Minaker, Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Arts and Science

Associate Professor, Sociology

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

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Dr. Kevin Friesen, Associate Dean, Operations, Faculty of Arts and Science

PhD Physiology and Cell Biology (University of Alberta); BSc Zoology (University of Alberta)

Previous Appointments

Chair, Department of Biological Sciences (MacEwan University)

Areas of Specialization and Scholarly Activity

Dr. Friesen’s research is aimed at understanding arthropod physiology and development. He uses molecular biology tools to answer questions about the biology of ticks. His research considers two general topics: 1) the physiological mechanisms of tick survival under freezing conditions, and 2) the molecular and genetic basis development of tick embryo development. Overall, this research contributes to our understanding of tick survival and reproduction and helps explain how tick populations might spread with our changing climate. 

Previous Publications

Friesen KJ, Dixon M, and Lysyk, TJ. 2016. Embryo development and morphology of the Rocky Mountain wood tick (Acari: Ixodidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 52 (4): 279-89

Friesen KJ, Kaufman WR. 2009. Salivary gland degeneration and vitellogenesis in the ixodid tick Amblyomma hebraeum: Surpassing a critical weight is the prerequisite and detachment from the host is the trigger. Journal of Insect Physiology 55: 936-42.

Seixas A, Friesen KJ, Kaufman WR. 2008. Effect of 20-hydroxyecdysone and haemolymph on oogenesis in the ixodid tick Amblyomma hebraeum. Journal of Insect Physiology 54: 1175-83.

Friesen KJ, Kaufman WR. 2004. Effects of 20-hydroxyecdysone and other hormones on egg development, and identification of a vitellin-binding protein in the ovary of the tick, Amblyomma hebraeum. Journal of Insect Physiology 50: 519-529.

Friesen KJ, Kaufman WR. 2003. Cypermethrin inhibits egg development in the ixodid tick, Amblyomma hebraeum. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 76:25-35.

Friesen KJ, Suri R, Kaufman WR. 2003. Effects of the avermectin, MK-243, on ovary development and salivary gland degeneration in the ixodid tick, Amblyomma hebraeum. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 76:82-90.

Friesen KJ, Kaufman WR. 2002. Quantification of vitellogenesis and its control by 20-hydroxyecdysone in the ixodid tick, Amblyomma hebraeum. Journal of Insect Physiology 48(8): 773-782.

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Rose Ginther, Associate Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

Rose holds a BA in History from the University of Alberta (1984), an MA with a focus on work, organization and leadership (2010) from Athabasca University, and has been teaching in the Arts and Cultural Management program at MacEwan for almost 30 years. After serving as Chair for 17 years, in January 2018, she took on a new role as Associate Dean for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications.

Rose believes strongly in the transformative power of education, having seen first-hand how it transforms and changes lives. As Associate Dean, aside from providing support and assistance to the Dean, Rose supports the rest of the leadership team and faculty in developing new and refreshing existing curriculum, developing new program proposals, and working with all faculty and staff in the Faculty to foster a positive culture and climate of learning and development. Much of Rose's research centres on work, organization and leadership in arts and cultural organizations.

One of her most recent research initiatives involves an interdisciplinary collaboration with Paul Johnston (Associate Professor, Department of Music) and student interns from multiple departments across the Faculty in the development of a MacEwan Record Label – Bent River Records (BRR). The label enables artists to access recording and promotional assistance in exchange for providing learning opportunities for students. This exchange builds capacity in the sector, with graduates who are more fully prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. For more information visit  

Rose is an Associate Professor in the Department of Arts and Cultural Management.

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Dr. Leslie Vermeer, Associate Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

Dr. Leslie Vermeer has been teaching at MacEwan since 2002 with a consistent focus on language and communication. She holds master's degrees in English and education, and her doctoral dissertation is a critical examination of Alberta's English Language Arts curriculum for senior secondary education. This investigation uses the tools of close reading to demonstrate a purposeful stratification in high school English that harms some of Alberta's most vulnerable learners and has intergenerational consequences, particularly poverty.

The author of The Complete Canadian Book Editor (2016), a resource for editors and writers, Dr. Vermeer has worked as a professional writer, editor and reviewer for more than 25 years and has edited or worked on some 200 books. She has been a member of the board of NeWest Press since 2007 and is a member of Editors Canada. As a grammar nerd, a long-time logophile and a committed bibliophile, Dr. Vermeer is committed to teaching and enjoys working with students at all levels as they explore language, writing, editing and communication.

Dr. Vermeer is an associate professor in the Department of Communication.

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Sharon Hobden, 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.

Dr. Sam Mugo, Interim Associate Dean, Health and Community Studies

Dr. Samuel Mugo holds a PhD (Analytical Chemistry) and postdoctoral training from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Queens University, respectively. Mugo is currently a professor in the Department of Physical Sciences, where he served as the Interim Chair before his current appointment as Interim Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies.

Since joining MacEwan in 2008, Dr. Mugo has developed a broad experience in student-focused curriculum development anchored on experiential and community engaged learning that is primed for enhancing students’ success. In recognition of his sustained impact in educational leadership and as a teacher, Mugo is a past recipient of MacEwan Distinguished Teaching Award (2020). He was also awarded the 2014 DOW Canada Western Canada Technical Excellence Conference Award (WesTEC) for leadership and commitment to effective student training on innovation. Mugo served as a MacEwan Research and Development Officer (RDO) in 2017-2018 and was one of the inaugural MacEwan Board of Governors Research Chairs 2018-2020.

Dr. Mugo’s tri-council funded collaborative interdisciplinary research program—on point-of-need (PON) chemical sensors for agri-food, mental health and wellness monitoring diagnostics—strongly engages many MacEwan undergraduate students as knowledge co-creators. Mugo strongly believes research impacts are most enhanced if they intentionally ‘inform’ pedagogy and are translated to solving societal issues. To this end, he is passionate on bridging the gaps in knowledge translation and engages industries and communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Mugo is a professor in the Department of Physical Sciences. 

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Jananee Rasiah, Associate Dean, Faculty of Nursing

Jananee Rasiah
Associate Dean, Faculty of Nursing

Dr. Brian Parker, Interim Associate Dean, Faculty of Nursing

Over the course of his career, Brian’s clinical practice has been predominately focused in the area of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Since 2002, he has been a faculty member teaching in both the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing Diploma Programs at MacEwan University. During this time Brian has also served as Chair of the former Department of Psychiatric Nursing and more recently as Chair of the Department of Nursing Foundations within the Faculty of Nursing.

Along with many publications and conference presentations in which Brian critically analyzes the influence of philosophy/pedagogy, power relations, and the dominant social discourse on technology-based learning tools such as high-fidelity simulation, his research practice has focused on the use of high-fidelity human patient simulation in undergraduate nursing education. 

Brian is particularly interested in analyzing the application of educational philosophy and pedagogy to the use of technology-based learning tools in educating the modern adult learner. This has led him to recent research endeavors focusing on simulation and interprofessional healthcare education.

Dr. Sherif Elbarrad, Associate Dean, School of Business

Sherif has more than three decades of experience in both the academic and professional fields. He was chairman of accounting departments at different universities in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He also worked as a visiting professor at a University in Germany.

Besides his academic career, Sherif is a partner of a managerial and financial consulting firm which is working in the Middle East (Egypt and the Gulf Countries). He also worked as a trainer delivering workshops in the field of accounting and finance at different universities and training institutes. He has published several books in the field of accounting; he has also published numberous research papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Egypt and associate member of Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants in the United States. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant in Alberta.

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Dr. Ali Taleb, Associate Dean, School of Business

Dr. Ali Taleb joined MacEwan University in 2012 and became Associate Dean of the School of Business in July 2021. His current areas of responsibility are research, international and outreach. Prior to his appointment as Associate Dean, he was Associate Professor with teaching and research interests in strategic management, international business, sustainability and corporate citizenship, and critical thinking.

His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, Journal of African Business, and International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets. He has also co-edited and co-authored several research books, textbooks, and case studies. In 2018, he received the Emerald Literati Award for Outstanding Author Contribution. He was also recognized as Best Seller Case Author by Ivey Publishing the same year.

Dr. Taleb is currently a Board Director at Net Impact Professional, Edmonton, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the School of Business at Woxsen University, Hyderabad, India. In recent years, he served as the Chair of the Strategy Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, and the Chair of the Online Teaching Resources Committee of the International Management Division, Academy of Management.

Dr. Taleb’s research and teaching are shaped by his extensive international exposure and practical business experience in senior management roles as well as in management consultancy across Africa, Europe and North America. His formal education included a PhD in International and Strategic Management (HEC Montreal, Canada), an MBA in General Management (Ivey Business School, Canada), and an M.Sc. in Telematics (University of Paris, France).

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Eaman Mah, Associate Dean, School of Continuing Education

Eaman Mah was appointed Interim Associate Dean on May 1, 2021. She was previously the Program Lead/Head Instructor for the English as an Additional Language (EAL) department. Eaman has extensive experience teaching EAL internationally in Japan and domestically in Canada.

Eaman has taught at MacEwan University since 1996. She started teaching part time evening classes, moved to full time day classes as a sessional instructor, and finally after going back to university to earn a master’s degree in TESL from the University of Alberta, she became a tenured instructor in 2010. Reaching this point was a long journey, and perhaps not much different from the many students in her classes.

By increasing students’ proficiency levels in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, Eaman also increases their self-confidence, and helps them reach their next goals. Welcoming immigrants and empowering them with competent English skills will strengthen our economy and enrich our communities.

Recently, Eaman was honoured to win a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2021.

Dr. Eva Revitt, Associate Dean, Library

Dr. Eva Revitt
Associate Dean, Library

PhD, Educational Policy Studies (University of Alberta); MLIS, (University of Alberta)

Eva brings over 20 years of experience as an academic librarian. She joined MacEwan University in 1999 and through the years has held a variety of academic and administrative appointments including that of Subject Librarian for the visual and the performing arts, the social sciences, and business; Copyright Librarian; Campus Librarian; Chair of Campus Library Services; Chair of Library Access and Discovery Services; and most recently served as the Interim Director for the Office of Teaching and Learning. In July 2022 she was appointed Associate Dean, Library.

Eva is an active member of the MacEwan University community. She has served on the General Faculties Council, the General Faculties Council Committee on Teaching and Learning, as well as the Faculty Association Negotiations Committee (two terms), and University Tenure and Promotion Committee (three terms). She is a long-time member of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians having served on the Board of Directors and the Advocacy Committee.

Eva’s scholarly interests are shaped by her extensive service to the university, commitment to academic librarianship, and dedication to the students’ learning experience. She is interested in academic governance and policy formation; feminized professions and women in academia; copyright and scholarly communications; and information literacy and students’ information seeking practices.

Dr. Sharon Bratt, Associate Dean, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Sharon Bratt, Associate Professor, Computer Science, holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University and teaches in the areas of instructional technology and human-computer interaction (specifically, usability and interaction design). Her research interests are drawn from several disciplines: learning design, cognitive psychology, usability, learning technologies and measurement and evaluation.

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