Faculty & Staff

Liza Choi, MBA, MN, RN (She/Her)

Academic Title: Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Administrative Title: Interim Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship, Faculty of Health, Community and Education

Office: Y356
email: lchoi@mtroyal.ca
phone: 403.440.6926

MBA, Queen's University
MN, University of Calgary
BN, University of Calgary
Nusing (RN) Diploma, Foothills Hospital School of Nursing


As an active member across various equity, diversity, and inclusive communities, Liza brings a wealth of experience in advocacy work with marginalized learners, stakeholder relations and strong leadership in people management skills with actionable strategies.

Liza has been a faculty member since 2007. Established in 2009, she is the founder of the English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) Nursing Student Support Group, a unique group that provides support to EAL students using a transformative approach that provides curriculum-specific and psychosocial support. Researching the critical success factors for this group of students has become a cornerstone of her scholarly work. In the spring of 2021, Liza was awarded a grant from the Government of Alberta's Multiculturalism, Indigenous, and Inclusion grant program which will allow Liza to expand the support group to other departments at MRU and study its influence.

Liza has taken community engagement to a new level! In 2021, she assisted a community non-profit volunteer group (Happy 50+ Association) to write a grant proposal to aid the elderly Chinese population in Calgary by developing mental health and health information programs. This community association was successful in its grant application to Alberta Health.

Being an active learner, Liza has acquired a certification in Life Coaching, and a Master of Business Administration with a Certificate in Social Impact. Nominated for the MRU Distinguished Faculty award in 2015, she was the 2019 recipient of the MRFA Teaching Excellence Award.

Areas of Instruction:

  • Nursing Fundamentals and Health Promotion
  • Diversity in Health
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Transition to Independent Professional Practice 


Areas of Scholarship:

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as it pertains to student success
  • English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) Student Support
  • Development and Impact of web-based tools for mental health
  • Issues important to Chinese Canadian seniors
  • Community Connectedness and Seniors


Selected Publications

Choi, L.L.S., Brochu, N. (2020). Highlights From an English-as-an-Additional-Language Nursing Support Program. Nursing Education Perspectives. 41(2), 124-5. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000458

Choi, L.L.S. (2019). Continued Impact of an English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) Nursing Student. Journal of Nursing Education. https://search-proquest-com.libproxy.mtroyal.ca/docview/2310440445?accountid=1343

Jakubec, S.L., Olfert, M., Choi, L.L, Dawe, N., Sheehan, D. (2019). Understanding Belonging and Community Connection for Seniors Living in the Suburbs, Urban Planning. (Vol. 4(2)). Canada. www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1896

Choi, L.L.S. (2019). Highlights of an English-as-an-Additional Language (EAL) Nursing Student Support Program. Nursing Education Perspectives. https://libproxy.mtroyal.ca/login?url=http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&CSC=Y&NEWS=N&PAGE=fulltext&D=ovft&AN=00024776-900000000-99703&PDF=y

Choi, L.L.S. (2018). The Perceived Effectiveness of an English-as-an-Additional Language (EAL) Nursing Student Support Program. Journal of Nursing Education. https://www.healio.com/nursing/journals/jne/2018-11-57-11

Choi, L.L.S., Jakubec, S. (2017). Case Study: An On-Line Learning Journey of Diversity and Bias. In Deardorff, D., Arasaratnam-Smith, L. (ed.) Intercultural Competence in International Higher Education. United State: Routledge Internationalisation book series

Choi, L.L.S. (2016). A Support Program for English as an Additional Language Nursing Students. Journal of Transcultural Nursing (Vol. 27 pp. 81-85). Sage Journals. doi: 10.1177/1043659614554014 


Selected Presentations

Choi, L. L. S. (2021). The Continued Impact of an EAL Nursing Student Support Group. Panel: Examining Research on Models of Plurilingual/EAL Student Language and Literacy Support in Canadian Higher Education. Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CCSHE) 2021.

Choi, L. L. S. (2021). The Choi Model of EAL Nursing Student Support. Panel: Perspectives of Traditionally Underrepresented Students: Programs and Policy. Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) 2021.

Choi, L. L. S., Jung, P., Harder, M., Zhang, K. (2021). What really matters 2.0 - Voices of Older Adults with Chinese heritage. Poster. CGNA2021: The 21st Biennial Conference of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association.

Choi, L. L. S. (2021). Qualitative Study Examining the Effectiveness of the English As An Additional Language (EAL) Nursing Student Support Program. Poster. The CASN Canadian Nursing Virtual Education Conference 2021.

Choi, L. L. S., Jung, P., Harder, M., Zhang, K. (2021). What matters most to older Chinese adults? Poster. The CASN Canadian Nursing Virtual Education Conference 2021.


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