Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean supports faculty in creating a dynamic, student-centred, learning environment. The Dean is responsible for the overall administration of the Faculty and is supported by the Associate Dean; the Manager, Business Operations and an experienced and dedicated staff.

Staff work with faculty to develop curriculum, projects and programs; to coordinate and provide financial, administrative and faculty governance support and to support and encourage research and community engagement efforts for students and faculty.


Office of the Dean
Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

Dr. Allan Gilliland, Dean


Dr. Allan Gilliland, Dean

Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

One of Canada’s busiest composers, Allan Gilliland was born in Darvel, Scotland, in 1965 and immigrated to Canada in 1972. Based in Edmonton (Alberta), he has written music for solo instruments, orchestra, choir, brass quintet, wind ensemble, big band, film, television and theatre. His music has been performed and broadcast by ensembles around the world including the Edmonton Symphony, Boston Pops, Vancouver Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Canadian Brass, Winnipeg Symphony, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Camerata Romeau (Cuba), National Youth Choir and National Wind Band, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Zapp String Quartet (Holland), St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Edinburgh String Quartet and the brass section of the New York Philharmonic. Many of these performances have been in the world’s major concert halls including Symphony Halls in Boston and Detroit, Tchaikovsky Hall in Russia, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and twice at Carnegie Hall in 2012. Some of the soloists who have performed his music include James Campbell, Jens Lindemann, John Pattituci, Dean McNeill, William Eddins, Ronda Metzies, Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Young, Nora Bumanis and Julia Shaw, Mark Gould, and Martin Riseley. His music has been recorded on over 20 CD's including two—Collaborations and O Music—dedicated entirely to his music.

For five years (1999–2004) he was Composer-in-Residence with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, writing 11 works for the ESO including concerti for violin, trumpet, two harps, and clarinet. He has also been Composer-in-Residence at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, the Colours of Music Festival in Barrie, Ontario, and the Strata New Music Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Other highlights include: The Winspear Fanfare composed for the opening of the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Dreaming of the Masters I given its American premiere by James Campbell and the Boston Pops, Hannaraptor, a one-act opera commissioned by Calgary Opera, the musicals The Seventh Circleand Dead Beats and Dreaming of the Masters III, a trumpet concerto written for Jens Lindemann and given its American premiere by Jens and the ESO at Carnegie Hall in 2012. In 2002 his orchestral work On the Shoulders of Giants took First Prize at the prestigious Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Centara New Music Festival Composers Competition. In 2012 his CD O Music was nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards and won for Best Classical Composition. Allan has also won composition contests sponsored by Pro Coro Canada and the Alberta Band Association as well as First Place in the Jean Coulthard Competition for Composers and the Lydia Pals Composers Competition.


Allan holds a diploma in Jazz Studies (trumpet) from Humber College, a Bachelor of Music degree in performance and a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Alberta and a PhD in Composition from the University of Edinburgh. His teachers include Violet Archer, Howard Bashaw, Malcolm Forsyth, Nigel Osborne and Peter Nelson. He has taught at the University of Alberta, the University of Edinburgh, Red Deer College and MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he was head of composition from 2004–2016 and chair from 2012–2016.

In January 2017, Allan became the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications at MacEwan.

Rose F. Ginther, Associate Dean


Rose F. Ginther

Associate Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
Assistant Professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Management

Rose has been teaching in the Arts and Cultural Management program at MacEwan for 25 years and served as its Chair for 17 years. In January 2018, she took on a new role as Associate Dean for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications.

As an educator, Rose believes that learning is an essential, intensely personal activity that involves a complex set of processes, behaviours, attitudes and decisions on both sides of the teaching and learning equation. Rose also 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. One of the most important aspects of her role is in providing support and regularly communicating with students in the Faculty to ensure that they are aware of available scholarships, research, study abroad and community-engagement opportunities.

Rose holds a BA in History from the University of Alberta (1984) and an MA with a focus on work, organization and leadership (2010) from Athabasca University.

Building on her graduate studies, research areas of interest include the ways in which organizations in the cultural sector organize themselves to fulfill their missions, issues and trends related to audience and resource development and the rapidly changing landscape within which arts and cultural organizations work and their ability to adapt to and embrace those changes. Rose is also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning, including the influence of program-level learning outcomes as contributors to student success and the importance of experiential learning in preparing individuals for the complex, dynamic arts and cultural field.

Her most recent research initiative involves an interdisciplinary collaboration with Paul Johnston (Assistant Professor, Department of Music), students and alumni 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.

Bent River Records

Department Chairs

Robert Andruchow, Department Chair, Art and Design

Department Chair, Art and Design 
Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Design

M. Des. (Alberta)

11-425N, Allard Hall
11110 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Robert plays a leadership role in the design community through his teaching, work and research. He is currently an assistant professor in and coordinator of the Design Studies program at MacEwan University with a teaching focus in user experience design. Previous to his appointment at MacEwan, Robert taught part-time as a sessional instructor for 12 years at the University of Alberta, teaching a range of courses including design fundamentals, design research, design issues and interaction design. During this time, Robert worked for the federal government as a user experience designer until 2006 and since then has run his own design company, Big Pixel Creative working with government organizations and non-profits. Most recently, Robert was co-chair organizing UX Edmonton's annual conference, UX Camp. Robert's Masters and current research is about the philosophy of design, specifically, the role design theory plays in providing a strong foundation for design education and practice.

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William Richards, Department Chair, Music

Department Chair, Music
Associate Professor, Department of Music
Section Head, Theory

PhD (Western)

11-425J, Allard Hall
11110 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Rey Rosales, Department Chair, Communication

Department Chair, Communication 
Associate Professor, Bachelor of Communication Studies   
Journalism Major

PhD (Southern Illinois)

11-424D, Allard Hall
11110 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Dr. Rey Rosales holds a Ph.D. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master of Science in Radio-TV from Arkansas State University. He was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship as well as various other international fellowships. He has more than 20 years of university teaching experience (both here and in the US). Prior to assuming the role of department chair, he served as the Associate Dean for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications here at MacEwan (2009-2017).

Dr. Rosales recently completed a stint as a visiting fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he also earned a global entrepreneurship program credential. He also completed a highly selective management development program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2012 as well as an innovation in higher education program in 2014 through Educause (Breakthrough Models Academy funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

His current teaching and research interests include: innovation and entrepreneurship, digital media production, online journalism and digital storytelling. Recently, he’s been doing research on data journalism as well as exploring the applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in journalism and education.

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Scott Spidell, Department Chair, Theatre

Department Chair, Theatre
Assistant Professor, Theatre Production

MFA (York)

11-422H, Allard Hall
11110 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Leslie Vermeer, Interim Department Chair, Arts and Cultural Management

Interim Department Chair, Arts and Cultural Management
Associate Professor, Bachelor of Communication Studies
Professional Communication Major

PhD (Alberta)

11-422J, Allard Hall
11110 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

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.

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Claire Duggan, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant, Music

11-415A, Allard Hall
11110 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Mabel Garcia, Administrative Supervisor

11-418C, Allard Hall
11110 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Larry Harris, Senior Manager, Business Operations

11-413B, Allard Hall
11110 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Kristen Pope, Administrative Assistant

BA (MacEwan)

11-421A, Allard Hall
11110 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Katie Singh, Financial Analyst

Financial Analyst, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

Christine Valentine, Faculty Governance Administrator

11-415M, Allard Hall
11110 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB