Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of individuals who come from many different disciplines. The Board for the 2021 - 2022 academic year is representative of each faculty at MacEwan. This coming spring, the GMUFA will have positions open.

We will be holding nominations beginning in February 2022 and encourage all interested parties that believe they possess the right skills to put their name forward.



Rafat Alam, President

Rafat Alam is an economist and associate professor in the department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science. Rafat loves to serve the university community and has been involved with the Faculty Association, department, faculty and university level committees and AGC for many years.

Rafat is a member of the current FANC. He also served on three different FANC committees after joining MacEwan University in 2006. The negotiated contracts of his three terms with FANC contributed to the transition of MacEwan as a university and improved faculty work conditions. Rafat has also contributed in the transition to the bicameral academic governance at MacEwan.

He was elected member of AGC for 2 three-year terms and vice chair of AGC for a year. In 2011-12, Rafat co-chaired the AGC review task team on faculty school council that led to the expansion of academic governance to the department and faculty level. He also served as a member of the ‘AGC ad-hoc committee on faculty standards for the interim titling of assistant professor’ in 2009-10 that developed and introduced the first ever MacEwan University Titling in 2009.

Rafat looks forward to contributing to the full transition of the University and GMUFA under the new PSLA.  

Rickard Enstroem, Vice President

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Michelle Malin, Secretary Treasurer

Michelle Malin is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and an Associate Professor with MacEwan University’s School of Business.

Prior to joining MacEwan in 2011, Michelle worked as an auditor with Deloitte, a large, international accounting firm where she worked on audits for a variety of public and private corporations in Alberta. Later in her accounting career, Michelle specialized in income tax where she provided tax and estate planning services to individual and corporate clients.

At MacEwan, Michelle teaches taxation and financial accounting courses. Michelle also teaches post-graduate courses for the accounting profession in the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP).

Monica Davis, Faculty of Arts & Science Representative

Monica has been a Lab Instructor in Biological Sciences since 2016.  She completed her PhD at the University of Alberta then a post-doc at Stockholm University.  Monica has served on the Biological Sciences Animal Care Committee and Safety Committee, been the vice chair of the Academic Women’s and Gender Equity Network, and is known to be an outspoken advocate for empathy for students, faculty, and support staff. 

Monica has passion for addressing the issues that face all faculty, and knows that taking on a role on the FA board is an excellent way to support her colleagues.


Timothy Anderson, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications Representative & GMUFA PIPA Officer

Timothy Anderson has taught in Communication Studies since 2005, bringing his field experience in publishing and journalism/professional writing. He has served as sessional rep on FFAC Faculty Council. He has also taught at U of A (Extension), U of Ottawa (Music), and Metro and edited courses for Athabasca. Timothy has presented and/or been a panelist at conferences in USA, Greece, Canada, UK, and coordinates academic paper presentations for Music Conference Alberta. He has written books, plays, screenplays, and operas and received many awards for his work. 

Interested in non-traditional research dissemination, he worked with CRC Dr. Wendy Austin (U of A) on a national interdisciplinary CIHR-funded research project on moral distress in paediatric intensive care teams, leading to both a play and a film (Just Keep Breathing – 2014). 

Timothy was CAEA union rep for Livent's Far East Phantom Tour and has been a member of OPSEU. He has a certificate in voluntary sector management from the Schulich School of Business at York U, in addition to degrees in journalism/political science, music and creative writing.

Board experience: Alberta Music Education Foundation (current past chair) Prior board service: Alberta Playwrights Network (vp), Pro Coro Canada, Boyle Street Community League (secretary).


Shauna Pilipchuk, Faculty of Health & Community Studies Representative

I have been a sessional instructor at MacEwan University since 1993 teaching with the Disability Studies and the Educational Assistant programs.

I am currently President of the Alberta Disability Workers Association where I have been a board member since its inception in 2010. As a MacEwan Alumni, I take great pride in the high-quality educational experience that we provide our students. This can only be achieved with stellar faculty at our foundation.

We need a strong association which advocates and supports faculty to do their best work.




Leanne Topola, Faculty of Nursing Representative

Leanne Topola graduated with a BA and BScN from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996. She spent many years as a community health nurse working with diverse populations in different contexts in Saskatchewan and Alberta. She achieved a career goal of being granted a Master of Nursing degree from Athabasca University in 2012.

Leanne has been teaching in the MacEwan Bachelor of Science in Nursing program since 2009. In those years she has taught clinical, lab and theory in years one, three and four. Collaboratively working with students is her passion while her teaching practices embody learning-centered approaches.


Jacqueline Devlin, School of Business Representative

Jacqueline Devlin received her law degree from the University of Calgary in 1992. She was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1993 and continues to be an active member (pro bono) of the bar.

Jacqueline has been an instructor at MacEwan University in the Paralegal Studies Program, School of Business since 1999. She has always had a keen interest in Employment Law and teaches both Employment Law and Legal Issues in the Workplace courses. She is also very interested in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and has taken mediation and negotiation training with the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society.

Jacqueline has experience working with a variety of boards and tribunals. She has worked with the Metis Settlements Appeal Tribunal, the Fort Chipewyan Youth Justice Committee and is a Panel Member on the Community and Social Services Appeals Panels. She has been a board member of the Edmonton Social Planning Council and has been the President and Chair of two other non-profit organizations.

Michael Buhr, School of Continuing Education Representative

Michael Buhr teaches science and math in MacEwan’s University Preparation program.  Michael served as Head Instructor of University Preparation from 2017 to 2020.  As Head Instructor, he was a member of various hiring committees and coordinated the submission of Science 30 for approval by the Provincial Academic Upgrading Committee.       

Michael has been a member of Academic Governance Council (2016 – 2018), Academic Governance Council Executive Committee (2016 – 2018) and Academic Planning and Priorities Committee (2018-2019).   

Michael is currently a member of the School of Continuing Education Executive Committee and Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committee.   

Craig Gnauck, Professional Resource Faculty Representative

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Leslie Dawson, Sessional Faculty Representative

Dr. Leslie Dawson has a sessional-extended appointment and has taught a variety of face-to-face, online, and blended anthropology courses at MacEwan since 2000. In 2007, she was the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award. Leslie has helped to develop a variety of collaborative teaching and learning initiatives, including MacEwan’s Interdisciplinary Dialogue, involving students and faculty from all faculties and schools. She completed her PhD in 2018 in anthropology at the University of Alberta. Informed by her research in medical anthropology, and her collaborative work with the Tlicho Government (Treaty 11) since 2011, her recent teaching innovations focus on implementing the TRC Calls to Action, as well as other areas of social justice, through digital pedagogy and storytelling. Leslie is a member of MacEwan’s new Open Text Book Fellowship (2019-2021) and is developing an interactive open text book based in Indigenous oracy.

At MacEwan, Leslie has served on the GMUFA Constitution and Bylaws Committee and as a sessional representative on the AEPS Departmental Council. She has given a variety of presentations on her teaching innovations at Teaching and Learning Services as well as at MacEwan’s Celebration of Teaching and Learning. Because Leslie’s initiatives and projects have enabled her to work with faculty from different departments across MacEwan University, she is excited about her new role as Sessional Representative on the GMUFA Board.


Shannon Robertson, Sessional Faculty Representative

Bio Coming Soon!