Board of Directors
Rafat Alam, President
Rafat Alam is an economist and tenured faculty 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.
Stefan Cartledge, Vice President
Stefan Cartledge began teaching at MacEwan University in July 2009, and has since accumulated more than 3400 instructional hours in lecture halls and laboratories. He earned his PhD in astrophysics from Northwestern University in 2002, followed by a post-doctoral research position at Louisiana State University and a visiting assistant professorship at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Stefan is now back home in Edmonton, teaching junior- and senior-level astronomy and physics courses.
Stefan has volunteered in public outreach and education throughout his career: in observatories, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the executive committee of the Alberta Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and in a leadership role in Toastmasters International. He is a sessional faculty representative for a second year on the Arts and Science Faculty Council and advocates for fair representation by all employment categories encompassed by the Faculty Association.
Cristina Infante, Secretary Treasurer
Cristina Infante is currently teaching an upper-level finance course at MacEwan University as a sessional faculty in the School of Business. She previously taught at MacEwan for one term while pursuing her doctoral studies and has worked as a contract faculty in Nova Scotia. Cristina is an experienced finance practitioner, skilled in financial risk management and credit analysis. Cristina attained a senior level of responsibility as Country Risk Officer of a leading international bank. As a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, Cristina supports the duties of a finance professional to act with integrity.
Cristina earned her MBA, major in Finance, and her MA, major in International Studies, at the University of Pennsylvania. Cristina received her PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia. Cristina conducted interdisciplinary research in ecological economics, finance and fisheries economics, addressing ecological sustainability and social equity challenges. Cristina has experience in community service, as a member of the Finance Committee of a non-profit assisting Edmonton inner-city families, and as a pastoral care volunteer at Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Richard Pereschitz, School of Continuing Education Representative
Richard is an instructor in the University Preparation program from the School of Continuing Education at MacEwan University. He has been teaching biology and chemistry courses at several MacEwan campuses since 2003. Richard has served as the University Prep Member-at-Large on the Faculty Association Board in 2010, as the Faculty Association VP Finance from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the University Prep member on the FA Board.
Jeff Ryan, School of Business Representative
Jeff Ryan received his B.Sc. with Distinction for Electrical Engineering and his M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing at the University of Alberta. Subsequently, he worked for AGT (TELUS) and ED TEL (TELUS) in marketing in Edmonton, and for a small telecom company in Ottawa. When that business closed due to the recession in the early 2000s, he started his own company. He also began teaching business classes at the University of Lethbridge in 1996 and at MacEwan in 2001. He has now taught at MacEwan University for over seventeen years, typically teaching five or six courses per term during the Fall and Winter semesters, and up to five courses over the Spring/Summer semesters.
He is currently working on a D.B.A. in Finance and Marketing at The Edinburgh School of Business.
Holly Newell, Faculty of Nursing Representative
Holly graduated with a BScN from Dalhousie University in 2006 and has worked as a nurse for 10 years. She has always had an interest and passion for teaching, so when the opportunity arose she took on the role of Clinical Nurse Educator in the practice environment delivering education and professional development resources to nursing staff on a variety of units.
Holly completed her MN with a focus in Nursing Education in 2016. She has been teaching at MacEwan for 3 years and has been a clinical instructor with students mostly in the second year of the BScN program. Holly has also taught clinical in the fourth year, as well as lab in year 1 of the BScN program.
Holly currently has a coordination role in the first year of the BScN program. As the Year 1 Level Facilitator she has a variety of responsibilities with students and other teaching faculty, as well as roles on various committees within the Faculty of Nursing.
Ross Shaw, Faculty of Arts and Science Representative
Ross developed an early interest in fish and fish disease as an undergraduate at the University of Alberta. From there he moved to the East Coast to complete a degree in Marine Biological Resources. During this time he worked with the salmonid aquaculture industry and the School of Aquatic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maine. As a doctorate researcher Ross moved to the West coast, again working with the salmonid aquaculture industry and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C. Most recently, Ross has focused his research projects towards captive growth of corals from natural reef systems.
Ross joined MacEwan in early 2000 and has served in various service rolls. A few pertinent examples include: Academic Governance Council, Academic Staff Appointment Committees, Adjudicator, Biological Sciences Chair, Dean of Continuing Education Recommendation Committee, Faculty of Arts and Science Executive Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Faculty Standards Committee, Research Ethics Review Committee, Sabbatical Leave Committee (Division & University), Senior Faculty Advisor, and Research and Faculty Development Committees (Division & University Level). External service examples include work with the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (Board Member) and Alberta Aquarium (Board Member).
Teaching is at the heart of Ross’s work here at MacEwan University. Ross was recognized recently for these endeavours by receiving a MacEwan University Distinguished Teaching Award (2016).
Timothy Anderson, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications Representative
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).
Alison Foster, Professional Resource Faculty Representative
Alison Foster has served as a librarian at MacEwan University since 2016. In this time, she has served on numerous committees within both the MacEwan Community and beyond.
Currently, she is a PRF Representative on the Student Services Committee and a member of the GMUFA Research Committee on University Expenditures and Governance. Externally, Alison has served as Membership Committee Chair with the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL), as well as a member of the executive committees for the Greater Edmonton Library Association and the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries.
Alison earned her BEd in Secondary Education, Biology and English, in 2010 from Queen’s University. She went on to receive her Master of Library and Information Science from Western University in 2013.
Paul Chahal, Health and Community Studies Representative
Paul started at MacEwan in 1990, Department of Physical Education. He received B.PE and B.ED from University of Calgary and M.Sc and Ph.D from University of Alberta. His research has been in cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and occupational task related fitness standards & exercise training programs. He has taught variety of courses in anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, health and fitness, sports, and coaching. Paul advocates active life-style, use it or lose it.
For many years at MacEwan Paul was a term (sessional) instructor. On a part-time bases he taught for Edmonton schools, Alberta Sport Connection (National Coaching Certificate Program) and worked at U of A as a Research Associate.
Paul is a member of HCS “ARPC” (Appointment Review and Promotion Committee), and HCS “Curriculum Committee” (starts in September 2017). He also serves as a board director for an Edmonton Private School.
Jacqueline Devlin, Sessional 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.
Shannon Robertson, Sessional Representative
Shannon graduated from the University of Alberta with an MA in English in 2005. She started teaching at MacEwan University in the Department of English that same year, and is seeking nomination to the Faculty Association as a Member with a Sessional Appointment. Shannon has taught at both the City Centre Campus and the Alberta College Campus. In addition to teaching a wide range of introductory literature and composition courses, Shannon has served on course revision and development subcommittees, and currently serves as the Sessional Faculty representative on the English Department Council. Shannon is also a member of the Faculty Association Negotiating Committee, currently working towards the next Collective Agreement.
Shannon cares deeply about the role that narrative can play in community building. She has combined her roles as English Department instructor and Stollery Children’s Hospital Family Network member, giving presentations to MacEwan’s students in the Faculty of Nursing. Outside the University context, Shannon regularly presents on the importance of the family voice in the healing journey of pediatric patients. She was the family representative on the Stollery Children’s Hospital Operating Theatre Redevelopment Project. Shannon believes that the sharing of narrative is vital to the health of any community, and it is this passion that leads her to seek the GMUFA nomination as a Sessional Member.
Chris Hancock, Past President
Chris arrived at MacEwan in 1984 after completing a BEd at U of A and teaching in the public school system for two years. He is a Continuing Faculty member that has taught at several post-secondary institutions and has delivered many training programs to industry. Having a business background enables him to teach computerized accounting, integrated systems, strategic management, project management, finance, and leadership for the School of Business. He completed his MBA through the University of Southern Queensland online.
Chris serves as Vice-Chair for the School of Business Council and is an Academic Governance Council member on the Executive Committee. He is active in leadership development through his committee work on and off campus. In addition to this, he is devoted to professional development by facilitating Instructional Skills Workshops (ISWs), and mentoring new faculty. As President of the Faculty Association, he feels it is important to listen to faculty concerns and coordinate people with the resources needed that can resolve their issues.
Chris is active outside MacEwan as a volunteer within his community (Community League Past President and Water Cooperative President), providing leadership to non-profit organizations, serving as an executive member over the last 25 years. Chris likes to remain current in his field by coordinating eBusiness projects for organizations developing data driven web portals and assisting with change management.