Brett McCollum

Brett McCollum, PhD

Director, Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Brett McCollum, Professor, has been involved in chemistry education research since 2007. He has been recognized with the 2012 Alberta Colleges and Institutes Faculty Association Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, induction into the Apple Distinguished Educators Community in 2013 , the 2014 Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award and the 2016 Mount Royal Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award. Brett has been involved with the Institute since participating in the Nexen Teaching and Learning Scholars Program in 2013.   He is interested in the experience of undergraduate researchers and has been an invited speaker on this topic. With his undergraduate research team and international collaborators, Brett investigates best practices for the use of mobile technologies in higher education.


Karen Manarin, PhD

Professor of English and General Education

I-SoTL Research Associate
Dr. Karen Manarin has been involved in SoTL since 2008.  At MRU, she facilitates the Nexen Teaching and Learning Scholars Program, has led writing retreats, and provides writing consultations for scholars. She is currently serving a three-year term as Vice-President, Canada for ISSOTL and is also a member of the Arts and Humanities and Undergraduate Research special interests groups. An Active SoTL scholar, she has published on reading, undergraduate research and academic identity.


Margy MacMillan

Professor, Librarian

I-SoTL Outreach Associate
Margy MacMillan has been conducting research on learning and teaching related to information literacy and reading since 2003, and was part of the 2012 cohort of Nexen Scholars. She develops content about the institute's work for various platforms including social media and serves on several Institute and ISSOTL committees.


Deb Bennett MSW, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of General Education

Facilitator, Nexen Teaching and Learning Scholars Program
Deb has been involved with the Institute since 2009 when she was a scholar during the first year of the Nexen Scholars Program. She has continued to be involved since then as a facilitator for the program. She has also facilitated data analysis workshops. Deb's SoTL-related research interests include student wellness, first year learning experiences and qualitative approaches.


Michelle Yeo, PhD

Associate Professor, Academic Development Centre

Facilitator, Nexen Teaching and Learning Scholars Program
Michelle Yeo is an Associate Professor at Mount Royal University. She works in the Academic Development Centre as a Faculty Development Consultant in the areas of Curriculum and Assessment. She works as an educational developer, with emphasis on curriculum development, revision, and review. She has a PhD in Language and Literacy, an MA in Early Childhood Education, and a B.Ed. Areas of expertise include curriculum theory, assessment practices, educational research, qualitative research methodologies, and research ethics. Michelle conducts research under the umbrella of faculty and student learning, knowledge, and experience. She works with Mount Royal's Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with new SoTL researchers in developing their projects.