Faculty Directory

Please note: Unless otherwise indicated, the e-mail address for all staff and faculty members is:
firstname.lastname @ stmu.ca.

Full Time Faculty

Dr. Peter Baltutis
Assistant Professor of History and Catholic Studies
Phone: (403) 254-3136
Email: peter.baltutis@stmu.ca
Office: A312
PhD, History of Christianity, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto
MA, Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto
MA, European History, University of Toronto
BA (honours) magna cum laude, History, University of Richmond
Specialization/research interests: History and theology of modern Catholicism (1789 to the present); Canadian religious history; Catholic social thought; European political and diplomatic history; Second Vatican Council; Community Service Learning

 

Dr. Luke Bresky
Associate Professor, English
Phone: (403) 254-3712
Email: Luke.Bresky@stmu.ca
Office: A211
PhD English, University of California, Los Angeles
MA English, University of California, Davis
BA English, University of Calgary
Specialization/research interests: American literature, critical theory and African-American literature

 

Dr. Matthew Clay
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Phone: (403) 254-3756
Email: Matthew.Clay@stmu.ca
Office: A204
PhD Chemistry, University of Ottawa
BSc Chemistry and Psychology, Dalhousie University
Specialization/research interests: Synthetic organic chemistry, chemical education and science outreach

 

Dr. Trent Davis
Assistant Professor, Education
Phone: (403)-254-3124
Email: Trent.Davis@stmu.ca
Office: M102
PhD Education, York University, Toronto
MEd, York University, Toronto
BEd, Memorial University of Newfoundland
BA (Honours), Political Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Specialization/research interests: philosophy of education – ethics; pragmatism and education for democracy; existentialism; spirituality and Catholic education; learning in therapy; learning from literature

 

Dr. Peter Doherty
Associate Professor, Psychology and Family Studies
Phone: (403) 254-3737
Email: Peter.Doherty@stmu.ca
Office: A205
PhD Psychology, United States International University, San Diego
MSc Pastoral Counselling, Loyola College, Baltimore
BTh Theology, St. Paul University, Ottawa
BA (Special) Psychology, University of Alberta, Edmonton
BA General Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Specialization/research interests: relationship beliefs of premarital couples; family dynamics in the development of spirituality

 

Dr. Michael Duggan
Professor, Religious Studies & Theology, CWL Chair for Catholic Studies
Phone: (403) 254-3720
Email: Michael.Duggan@stmu.ca
Office: A307
PhD Biblical Studies, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
SSL Sacred Scripture, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
STB Sacred Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
BA Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Specialization/research interests: early Judaism, post-exilic Hebrew narrative, justice, human rights and children in the Bible and in the Ancient Near East

 

Dr. Jennifer Garrison
Assistant Professor, English
Phone: (403) 254-3758
Email: Jennifer.Garrison@stmu.ca
Office: A210
PhD English, Rutgers University
MA English, Rutgers University
BA English (Honours), University of Alberta
Specialization/research interests: middle English literature and culture; old English language and literature; Chaucer; renaissance literature; Shakespeare

 

Dr. Gary Grothman
Assistant Professor, Biology
Phone: (403) 254-3731
Email:Gary.Grothman@stmu.ca
Office: A208
PhD Microbiology and Immunology, State University of New York HSC at Syracuse
BSc Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology, University of Calgary
Specialization/research interests: Tardigrade biology and ecology; immunology.

 

Dr. Timothy Harvie
Associate Professor, Chair of Humanities
Phone: (403) 254-3742
Email:Timothy.Harvie@stmu.ca
Office: A327
LicDD Theological Method, Ethics and the Natural Sciences, University of Wales
PhD Systematic Theology and Ethics, University of Aberdeen
Master of Arts and Religion (High Honours), Canadian Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Theology, Ambrose University College
Specialization/research interests: modern theology, social ethics, historical philosophy, hermeneutics

 

Dr. Linda Henderson
Associate Professor, Sociology
Phone: (403) 254-3749
Email:Linda.Henderson@stmu.ca
Office: A317
PhD Sociology, University of Calgary
MA Sociology, University of Calgary
BA (Honours) Sociology, University of Calgary
Specialization/research interests: research methodology, teaching effectiveness, and social support processes

 

Dr. Laurie Hill
Assistant Professor, Education
PhD Education, University of Calgary
MEd Education, University of Toronto
BEd, University of Western Ontario
BA (Honours) Sociology and History, University of Guelph
Specialization/research interests: teacher education; student teacher identity; children’s literacy and socio-cultural influences; gender studies; student transitions; practicum experiences

 

Dr. Howard Hopkins
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Phone: (403) 254-3738
Email: Howard.Hopkins@stmu.ca
Office: A309
PhD Philosophy, University of Alberta
MA Classical Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax
BA (Honours) Philosophy, Dalhousie University, Halifax
Specialization/research interests: epistemology, existentialism, hermeneutics and contemporary metaphysics

 

Dr. Tara Hyland-Russell
Vice-President Academic & Dean
Associate Professor, English
Coordinator, Liberal Studies
Phone: (403) 254-3771
Email: Tara.Hyland-Russell@stmu.ca
Office: A203
Websites: CALA: Canadian Applied Literature Association, Humanities 101
PhD English, University of Calgary
MA English, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo
BA (Honours) English/Social Developmental Studies, University of Waterloo
Specialization/research interests: twentieth century literature, Aboriginal literature, life writing, transformative learning, Radical Humanities programs for marginalised learners, critical theory, narrative discourse, children’s literature, folk and fairy tales.

 

Dr. Norman Knowles
Professor, History
Director of Research
Phone: ( 403) 254-3718
Email: Norman.Knowles@stmu.ca
Office: A323
PhD History, York University, Toronto
MA History, Queen’s University, Kingston
BA (Honours) History/Political Science, Huron College, University of Western Ontario, London
Specialization/research interests: 19th and 20th century North American social, cultural and religious history; religion and the working class in Canada and religion in Alberta.

 

Dr. Scott Lovell
Assistant Professor, Biology
Phone: ( 403) 254-3764
Email: Scott.Lovell@stmu.ca
Office: A207
PhD Biology, University of Calgary
MSc Ecology, University of Calgary
BSc Biology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Specialization/research interests: avian behavioral ecology, ornithology, bird song, evolution, conservation biology and wildlife biology.

 

Dr. Michael MacLeod
Associate Professor, Political Science
Chair of Social Sciences
Phone: (403) 254-3769
Email: Michael.MacLeod@stmu.ca
Office: A311
PhD Political Science, George Washington University, Washington DC
MA Political Studies, Queen’s University
BA Political Studies & Geography, Queen’s University
Specialization/research interests: International politics; environmental politics & policies; climate change & the Alberta oil sands; corporate social responsibility & socially responsible investment.

 

Dr. Alisa McArthur
Associate Professor, Psychology
Phone: (403) 254-3768
Email:Alisa.McArthur@stmu.ca
Office: A219
PhD Psychology, University of Calgary
MSc Psychology, University of Calgary
BA Psychology, University of Saskatchewan
Specialization/research interests: research/statistics, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology.

 

Dr. Mary Ann McLean
Associate Professor, Biology
Phone: (403) 254-3710
Email: MaryAnn.McLean@stmu.ca
Office: A216
PhD Soil Ecology, University of Calgary
MSc Soil Ecology, University of Calgary
BSc Soil Science, University of Guelph
Specialization/research interests: microbial ecology, community ecology, natural history.

 

Dr. Ronald Porter
Assistant Professor, Psychology
PhD Social-Personality Psychology, Queen’s University; Kingston
MSc Industrial-Organisational Psychology, University of Calgary
BA (Honours) Military Leadership and Applied Psychology (Distinction), Royal Roads Military College of Canada, Victoria
Specialization/research interests: attitude measurement, psychometrics, exploratory factor analysis, personnel selection and social influence.

 

Dr. Carolyn Salomons
Assistant Professor, History
Phone: (403) 254-3715
Email: carolyn.salomons@stmu.ca
Office: A209
PhD History, Johns Hopkins University
MA History, University of Alberta
MA English, Carleton University
BA English, Simon Fraser University
Specialization/research interests: Late medieval Spanish religious and cultural history; conversion and religious identity in the 15th and 16th century Spanish world; religious toleration in late medieval/early modern Europe.

 

Dr. Paolina Seitz
Assistant Professor, Education
PhD Educational Psychology, University of Alberta
MEd, University of Lethbridge
BEd, University of Lethbridge
Specialization/research interests: curriculum alignment; second language learning; student assessment; outcome-based reporting; district and school assessment policies; school leadership; school improvement; teacher education.

 

Dr. Corinne Syrnyk
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Phone: (403) 254-3736
Email:Corinne.Syrnyk@stmu.ca
Office: A220
PhD Psychology, University of Lincoln, UK
PGCE in Higher Education, University of Lincoln
BSc Psychology (Honours), University of Manitoba
Specialization/research interests: the ‘Nurture’ approach for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; standardised language assessment methodology; early language comprehension; aspects of child development including: children’s health and welfare, introductory and advanced child psychology, social and cognitive development, atypical development, contemporary issues in the early years, research skills and research projects.

 

Dr. Gayle Thrift
Assistant Professor, History & Interdisciplinary Studies
Phone: (403) 254-3714
Email:Gayle.Thrift@stmu.ca
Office: A325
PhD History, University of Calgary
MA History, University of Calgary
BA History, University of Calgary
BA Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa
Specialization/research interests:Cold War Canada; Protestantism; social movements, disarmament, pacifism, protest; Western Canada.

 

Dr. Jocelyn Williams
Associate Professor, English
Phone: (403) 254-3767
Email:Jocelyn.Williams@stmu.ca
Office: A206
PhD English Literature, Memorial University, Newfoundland
MA English Literature, University of Toronto
BA English Literature, St. Francis Xavier, University of Nova Scotia
Specialization/research interests: Canadian literature, Catholic literature, trauma theory, life writing, 18th- and 19th- century literature, and poetry.

 

Dr. Cory Wright-Maley
Assistant Professor, Education
Phone: (403) 254-3129
Email:Cory.WrightMaley@stmu.ca
Office: M103
PhD Curriculum & Instruction, University of Connecticut
MEd, Stanford University
BA (Honours) History, University of Calgary
BA (Honours) Political Science, University of Calgary
Specialization/research interests:Social studies education, Simulations, Effective ELL instruction, Interactive pedagogy, Powerful teaching methods, Democracy in educational environments.

Faculty

Dr. Yuniol Alvarez-Betancourt
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Sciences
Phone: (403) 254-3732
Office: A314
Credentials
PhD Computer Science, University of Granada, Spain
MSc Computer Science, University of Cienfuegos, Cuba
BSc Computer Science, Higher Technical Institute “José Antonio Echeverría”, Cuba
Specialization/research interests:
Bibliometrics, Biometrics, Multimodal biometrics, Information fusion, Computer vision, Softcomputing, and Machine Learning.

Dr. Lourdes Arciniega
Adjunct Assistant Professor – English
Credentials
PhD, University of Calgary
MA, University of Calgary
BA with distinction, University of Calgary
BA Communications and Culture, University of Lima

Dr. Leonid Braverman
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Astronomy, Math and Physics
Phone: (403) 254-3745
Office: A318
Credentials
PhD Applied Mathematics, Perm State University, Perm, Russia
MSc Physics (Distinction), Perm State University, Perm, Russia
BSc Physics and Education, Perm State University, Perm, Russia
Specialization/research interests: fluid dynamics, free convection, interfacial phenomena in fluids and computer algebra tools

Brian Briggs
Lecturer, Education
Phone: (403) 254-3127
Office: M101
Credentials
MEd, University of Lethbridge
BEd, University of Calgary, McGill University

Tom Brinsmead
Lecturer, Education
Phone: (403) 500-2097
Office: M101
Credentials
MEd, University of Portland
BEd, University of Calgary
Principal with Calgary Catholic School District; currently assigned to Our Lady of Peace School

Dr. Dane Burns
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychology
Phone: (403) 254-3732
Office: A314
Credentials
PhD Psychology, University of Calgary
MSc Psychology, University of Calgary
BA Psychology, University of Calgary

Dr. Glen Chilton
Professor Emeritus, Biology
Credentials
PhD Biology, University of Calgary
MSc Zoology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
BSc Zoology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
Specialization/research interests: avian behavioural ecology, ornithology, bird song and cultural evolution, conservation biology and parasitology

Denise DeNeve
Instructor, GDRE and REAP
Phone: (403) 500-2612
Email: 1stmu@telus.net
Office: M102
Credentials
MRE with Distinction, Newman Theological College
BRE with Distinction, Newman Theological College
BEd, University of Calgary
Religious Education Specialist Certificate, York University
Honourary REAP Certificate, St. Mary’s University
Specialization/research interests: Catholic education; methods in religious education; philosophy of Catholic education; liturgy

Dr. Ivana Djuraskovic
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychology
Phone: (403) 254-3135
Office: A213
Credentials
PhD, University of Calgary
MSc, Counselling Psychology, University of Calgary
BA, Psychology, University of Calgary
Specialization/Research Interests: Counselling refugees and immigrants, social justice, and cross-cultural issues.

Malcolm Edwards
Adjunct Professor, Music
Credentials
Professional Diploma, Sheffield College of Education, UK.
L.T.C.L., Trinity College of Music, London, UK
B.Ed., University of Lethbridge
M.M.E., University of Montana
Specialization/research interests: choral education, choir training, popular music and culture, philosophy of music education

Dr. Dandong Feng
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Math and Statistics
Phone: (403) 254-3750
Office: A316
Credentials
PhD Statistics, University of Calgary
MSc Statistics, University of Calgary
BSc Mathematics, Xiamen University, Fujian Province, P.R. China
Specialization/research interests: survival analysis

Jan Gordon
Lecturer, Family Studies
Phone: (403) 254-3716
Office: A313
Credentials
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University
BSW, University of Calgary

Heidi Grogan
Lecturer
Phone: (403) 254-3750
Office: A316

Margret Hagon
Lecturer, Education
Phone: (403) 254-3127
Office: M103
Credentials
MA Educational Research, University of Calgary
BA Education, Reading, Drama, University of Calgary
Permanent Professional Teachers Certificate

Dr. Craig Harding
Lecturer, Education
Phone: (403) 254-3127
Office: M101
Credentials
PhD Curriculum Studies, University of British Columbia
MA Curiculum and Administration, Gonzaga
BEd University of Calgary
BPE University of Calgary
Specialization/research interests: History Education, Citizenship Education, Issues in Education

Sonja Johnston
Lecturer, Accounting & Management Studies
Phone: (403) 254-3716
Office: A313
Credentials
MBA, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
BSc Honours Equivalent in Psychology, Behavioural Neurosciences, University of Calgary

Michael Kilcommons
Instructor, Education
Phone: (403) 254-3127
Office: M202
Credentials
MEd University of Lethbridge
BEd University of Lethbridge

Dr. Matthew Kriz
Lecturer, English
Phone: (403) 254-3730
Office: A209
Credentials
PhD (Cand.) English, University of Calgary
MA English, Carlton University
BA English (First Class Honours) University of Calgary
B.Comm Marketing University of Calgary

Krista Larsen
Lab Instructor, Biology
Phone: (403) 254-3134
Office: A006
Credentials
MSc Ecology, University of Calgary
BSc Biological Sciences, University of Calgary

Elisabeth MacDonald
Instructor, GDRE & REAP
Phone: (403) 254-3127
Credentials
MRE with Distinction, Newman Theological College
MA Counseling, Gonzaga University
BEd, University of Calgary
REAP Certificate, St. Mary’s University
Specialization/research interests: Catholic education; religious education; contemporary issues in Catholic education

Dr. Allison Mader
Lecturer, English
Phone: (403) 254-3730
Office: A209
Credentials
PhD (Cand.) English, University of Calgary
MA English, University of Calgary
BA English/Political Science, Mount Allison University

Norm Martin
Lecturer, Education
Phone: (403) 254-3127
Office: M101
Credentials
MEd, University of Calgary
BA, University of Calgary
Specialization/research interests: Educational Leadership

Eric J McLeod
Laboratory Coordinator
Phone: (403) 254-3725
Office: C119
Credentials
MSc Chemistry, University of Calgary
BSc Chemistry, University of Calgary

Dr. Joseph Mills
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sociology
Credentials
PhD Psychology/Sociology in Kinesiology, University of Alberta
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Brunel, UK
BA History and Politics, University of Essex, UK
Specialization/research interests: the formation of the physically active body; the formation of high-performance sports coach practices; sport psychology through a post-structural lens

Dr. Lavinia Moldovan
Lecturer, Economics
Credentials
PhD (Cand.) Economics, University of Calgary
MA Economics, Academia Istropolitana Nova, Slovakia
BA International Economic Relations, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Specialization/research interests: industrial organization, competition policy, regulatory economics, teaching methods.

Dr. Lesley Morden
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Classics
Phone: (403) 254-3732
Office: A314
Credentials
PhD History, Simon Fraser University
MLIS, University of Western Ontario
MA History, McMaster University
BA (Joint Honours) Classics/History, McGill University
Specialization/research interests: Medieval European history; history of the Renaissance; ancient Greek and Roman history; early-modern European history; incorporating and combining various methodologies (such as archaeology) to the study of history

Dr. Scott Morrison
Lecturer, Education
Phone: (403) 254-3127
Office: M101
Credentials
EdD Education, William Howard Taft University
MA Administration and Curriculum , Gonzaga University
BEd Education, University of Lethbridge
Specialization/research interests: Educational psychology, curriculum and instruction, safe and caring schools, leadership, and organizational storytelling.

Dr. Tariq Munir
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geology
Phone: (403) 254-3730
Office: A209
Credentials
PhD Physical Geography, University of Calgary
MSc (Honours), Soil & Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture, Pakistan
BSc (Honours) Soil & Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture, Pakistan

Dr. Bryan Natali
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Latin
Phone: (403) 254-3121
Office: A315
Credentials
PhD Greek & Roman Studies, University of Calgary
MA Classics, University of Manitoba
BA Classics, University of Manitoba

Michael Panic
Lecturer, Education
Phone: (403) 254-3127
Office: M101
Credentials
MEd Educational Leadership, University of Lethbridge
BEd Education and Special Education, University of Calgary
GDRE and REAP, St. Mary’s University, Calgary
Specialization/research interests: Resiliency in young children

Dr. Elaine Park
Professor Emeritus, English
Credentials
PhD English, University of Calgary
MA English, University of Alberta, Edmonton
BA (Honours) English, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Dr. Catherine Phillips
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychology
Phone: (403) 254-3135
Office: A213
Credentials
PhD Experimental Psychology, University of Calgary
MSc Experimental Psychology, University of Calgary
BSc (Honours) Psychology, University of BC, Kelowna

Marilyn Potts
Professor Emeritus, Drama
Phone: (403) 252-7927
Credentials
MA Drama Education, University of Calgary
Graduate Diploma Education, University of Calgary
BA English/History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Specialization/research interests: Alberta drama education origins, 1912-1962, Canadian theatre history, Canadian contemporary drama and educational drama curriculum building, acting, directing

Joe-Norman Shaw
Director of Drama
Phone: (403) 228-5526
Office: N/A
Credentials
MFA- Directing, University of Calgary
BA (Honours) Acting/Directing, University of Guelph

Eugene Stickland
Lecturer, English
Playwright-in-Residence
Phone: (403) 254-3130
Office: A201
Credentials
MFA Playwriting, York University
BA English (Honours), University of Regina

Larry Tomiyama
Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education
Phone: (403) 815-1403
Office: M200
Credentials
31 years with Calgary Separate School District
Teacher, 12 years Principal, 6 years Supervisor: Instructional Services
MA Administration and Supervision, Gonzaga University
BEd, University of Calgary

Gabriela True
Lecturer, Spanish
Phone: (403) 254-3719
Office: A319
Credentials
MEd Second Language Learning, University of Calgary
BEd. English as a Second Language, University of Calgary
BComm Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico
Specialization/research interests: business Spanish

Joan Walker
Lecturer, Education
Phone: (403) 254-3127
Office: M101
Credentials
MA Educational Research, University of Calgary
BA Education, Special Education, Reading, University of Calgary
Permanent Professional Teachers Certificate

Dr. Patrick Walsh
Professor Emeritus
Credentials
PhD Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, National University of Ireland
MA English, Boston College, Chestnut Hill
BA English, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
Specialization/research interests: Irish literature, film, drama and creative writing

Christopher Wang
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Phone: (403) 254-3135
Office: A213

Dr. Jonathon Wilcke
Adjunct Assistant Professor, English
Phone: (403) 254-3750
Office: A316
Credentials
PhD English, Simon Fraser University
MA English, University of Calgary
BA English (First Class Honours), University of Calgary

Cynthia Yip
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Phone: (403) 254-3121
Office: A315

Elizabeth Critchley
Practicum Advisor, Education
Phone: 403.256.4164
Credentials
BMath, University of Waterloo
BEd, Brock University
CPCC ACC Professional Certified Life and Leadership Coach
President and Founder: RDL Building Hope Society – an organization focused on building schools in Kenya
Educational Expert on the Nairoshi Foundation Board, Kenya

Garth Renyk
Lecturer, Education
403-254-3142
Office: M101
Credentials:
B.Sc. (Biology,Chemistry) U of Lethbridge
M.Ed. (Science Curriculum and Instruction) U of Calgary
Specializations:
Science curriculum and instruction, school leadership (Gonzaga U).