MacEwan University has announced its two new Board of Governors Research Chairs. Dr. Shelley Boulianne and Dr. Erin Walton have been chosen to continue to advance the profile of research, scholarly and creative activities at the university as outlined in the Research Strategic Plan. They join current research chairs Dr. Sandy Jung and Dr. Sam Mugo, whose terms are from 2018-2020.
“Both Dr. Shelley Boulianne and Dr. Erin Walton, our newest chair holders, have distinguished themselves as researchers while maintaining widely acknowledged reputations as dedicated instructors,” says Dr. Craig Monk, provost and vice-president, Academic. “Over the next two years, they will have greater opportunity to further their programs of research while mentoring colleagues and students.”
Meet the new Board of Governors Research Chairs
Dr. Shelley Boulianne is an associate professor in sociology. Prior to joining MacEwan in 2009, she completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research examines citizens’ engagement in civic and political life. It’s important work because citizen engagement is linked to better policy outcomes, prosperous and resilient communities as well as healthier and happier citizens. Her peer-reviewed articles appear on course syllabi across the globe, including Oxford University and Harvard University. She is a widely cited scholar in the field of digital media and politics.
In 2017, she was awarded the Distinguished Research Award from MacEwan University.
Dr. Erin Walton is an associate professor in earth and planetary sciences. She holds a Discovery Grant from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada for research focused on shock metamorphism of astromaterials, with an emphasis on Martian meteorites. Erin uses high-precision analytical techniques, such as transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and Ar-Ar laser geochronology to study the age of the rocks, and their isotopic and chemical compositions. Because, at present, the meteorites Erin studies are the only samples from this planet available to study, the results of her work could play a role in planning future Mars missions.
Erin’s research interests also encompass the age and formation of terrestrial impact structures, such as the 91-million-year-old Steen River impact crater in Alberta.
MacEwan’s first research chairs
Meet MacEwan’s first-ever Board of Governors Research Chairs — Dr. Sandy Jung and Dr. Sam Mugo (left). Appointed in 2018, they continue in their roles alongside Shelley and Erin.