TEA Recipients

MRFA Teaching Excellence Award Recipients

  • Christian Cook (2017 Full Time)
  • Michelle Briegel (2017 Contract)
  • Brett McCollum (2016 Full Time)
  • Karen Overbye (2016 Contract)
  • Yaw Asante (2015 Full Time)
  • Micheline Maylor (2015 Contract)
  • Melanie Peacock (2014 Full Time)
  • Aubrey McPhail (2014 Contract)

 

Christian Cook, Department of General Management and Human Resources
Teaching Excellence Award Recipient – 2017 (Full Time Faculty)

Teaching 1Christian’s teaching focus is in the field of human resources (HR) and her expertise is greatest in the areas of HR strategy, employee relations, leadership development, adult learning, and employee performance. Prior to a career transition to teaching and research, Christian worked for over twenty years across several large, international organizations and has held the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation for fifteen years. She draws on a wide range of practitioner experiences and research foundations to provide a dynamic and engaging environment for participants in her university classes and professional workshops.


Michelle Briegel, Department Child Studies and Social Work
Teaching Excellence Award Recipient – 2017 (Contract Faculty)

Teaching 2Michelle Briegel is the Research Coordinator at the Centre for Child Well-Being.  Michelle is also a contract instructor at Mount Royal University in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work.  Michelle has over 20 years of experience in the field of Child and Youth Care, is a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor, and holds a Masters of Educational Leadership.  Michelle coordinates collaboration between community agencies and faculty members interested in conducting research pertaining to child well-being; as well as facilitates collaboration in professional development training within the Centre for Child Well-Being and the Child Development Lab


Brett McCollum, Department of Chemistry & Physics
Teaching Excellence Award Recipient – 2016 (Full Time Faculty)

Teaching 3Dr. Brett McCollum is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Mount Royal University, a Nexen Scholar, Apple Distinguished Educator, and software developer. In addition to his recent contribution to Science Teaching in Distance Education: Lessons from Research and Practice, he has numerous publications that span a variety of fields including the scholarship of teaching and learning, interdisciplinary teaching in science and public policy, and the use of the radioactive positive muon [mew-on] as a probe of chemical reactivity. McCollum is the recipient of research awards and grants from organizations such as ACS, ACIFA, NSERC and Petro-Canada. His teaching duties have encompassed much of the chemistry spectrum: general, organic, inorganic, physical, spectroscopy, and nuclear. With his undergraduate research team, McCollum investigates the best practices for the use of mobile technologies in Higher Education, not just in chemistry but across the university curriculum.


Karen Overbye, Department of English & Languages
Teaching Excellence Award Recipient – 2016 (Contract Faculty)

Teaching 4Karen Overbye has been teaching at Mount Royal since 1997. Among the courses she teaches are Critical Writing and Reading, Advanced Writing, and junior courses in fiction, drama, and poetry. Her research and publications have focused on issues of gender and race.  Her current research focuses on the representation of zombies in literature, television, and film, particularly in “zom rom coms,” zombie memoirs, and other sub-genres where sentient zombies are featured.


Yaw Asante, Department of English
Teaching Excellence Award Recipient – 2015 (Full Time Faculty)

Teaching 5Born in Ghana, West Africa, Yaw Asante obtained a Teacher’s Diploma in English and taught in several secondary schools in Ghana. After he received his doctoral degree from the U of Calgary in 2000, he was offered a full-time position in the Department of English, Mount Royal. A specialist scholar of African literature and postcolonial theory and practice, Asante has contributed to these areas of research through numerous presentations and articles. His current research interest is in violence in African fiction. He organizes field schools to Ghana.


Micheline Maylor, Department of English
Teaching Excellence Award Recipient – 2015 (Contract Faculty)

Teaching 6Micheline Maylor specializes in creative writing and twentieth century
(and beyond) Canadian literature. She’s involved with current trends in
independent publishing and works as the editor in chief at a literary
magazine. She teaches introductory creative writing, composition, and
literature classes. Her publications include “Full Depth” (Wolsak and Wynn. 2007), “Starfish” (Rubicon Press. 2011), and “Whirr and Click” (Frontenac House. 2013)


Melanie Peacock, Department of Human Resources
2014 Recipient of the first annual MRFA Teaching Excellence Award for full time faculty

Teaching 7“Melanie’s passion for teaching is inspiring and her dedication and her commitment to being an educator is noted by both peers and students. Many students have…declared HR as a major after taking an HR class from Melanie.”

In her teaching, Melanie tries to “challenge students and stretch their thinking while still making the learning experience enjoyable and valuable.”


Aubrey McPhail, Department of English
2014 Recipient of the first annual MRFA Teaching Excellence Award for contract faculty

Teaching 8Aubrey “feel[s] strongly that excellent teaching involves not only expertise and knowledge on the part of the instructor, but an exchange or dialogue between the students and the teacher, and amongst the students themselves.” His ability to create an interesting and interactive learning environment was commented on by one of his nominators who stated that they “intentionally sought out other courses taught by Aubrey” even though the courses were not needed for their program.