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Professors Emeriti become Mount Royal members for life at Spring Convocation 2015

Anne Scrimger


For the past 30 years, Anne Scrimger has shared her expertise in the fields of speech and teaching and learning with many students and members of Mount Royal University’s campus community. Her mentorship extends from individual conversations and coaching to group workshops and university-wide initiatives.

In recognition of her significant and ongoing contributions to the University, Scrimger has been selected as Professor Emerita by the Board of Governors.

Scrimger joined Mount Royal as a sessional instructor in 1985 — in what was then known as the Department of Theatre and Speech. Soon thereafter, she became the first tenured professor in the Speech faculty at Mount Royal.

She was nominated four times for the Distinguished Teaching Award, receiving the honour in 1996. That year, she also received the National Institute for Staff Development award for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning.

Scrimger was seconded to the Academic Development Centre as a faculty development consultant in 2000. Her professional contributions to the University include involvement with the Triads peer-collaboration program, Instructional Support Program and Faculty Learning Communities.

In the past year, Scrimger has taken the reins of a teaching-intensive event known as Towards Scholarly Teaching. She and her colleagues are pulling together academics from across the country for a professional development day.

Professor and communications librarian Margy MacMillan described Scrimger as “a force to be reckoned with.”
“Anne epitomizes MRU’s commitment to excellence in teaching,” said MacMillan. “Not only an award-winning instructor herself, she has mentored countless faculty at MRU and elsewhere, and led initiatives that support teaching across the institution.

“These initiatives have built a resilient community at MRU that has enabled us to adapt as the institution evolved and still maintain our focus on instruction.”

Thomas E. Brown


Thomas E. Brown has been selected as Professor Emeritus by Mount Royal University’s Board of Governors for his outstanding achievements in teaching, scholarship and service.

Brown, PhD, was a key figure in the successful development of the Department of Humanities over the course of his 29-year career at the University. He arrived at Mount Royal in 1985 and soon began developing popular new courses, which displayed his scholarly expertise in many emerging fields.

In what is considered an extraordinary accomplishment among academics, Brown was promoted to chair of the Department of Humanities from 1987 to 1994, while still an untenured instructor. He resumed those duties in 1998.
During his service, Brown oversaw a significant expansion of the department’s offerings, its faculty contingent and its presence at Mount Royal. Although his academic background is grounded in history, Brown is celebrated as someone who connected distinct academic disciplines.

His wide-ranging record includes service on the University’s Tenure and Promotion Committee, as well as the predecessor to the General Faculties Council. He also made important contributions to the General Education program.

“Beyond his department, Tom was one of those professors who built Mount Royal — both as a college and in its transition into a university, having displayed leadership on a dizzying array of committees and planning bodies,” said Jeff Keshen, Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Brown is credited as groundbreaking scholar in the field of Canadian medical history. His academic contributions have appeared in such distinguished journals as Archivaria, Bulletin of the History of Medicine and the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History.

Since retiring last year, Brown has continued making important contributions to Mount Royal, including the program review of the History BA and participation in the Foothills Colloquium in Undergraduate History and Women’s Studies Advisory Board.

Irene Naested


Irene Naested was chosen by Mount Royal University’s Board of Governors as Professor Emerita for her lifelong commitment to teaching and education.

Naested, Ed.D., recently retired from her role as chair in the Department of Education in the Faculty of Teaching and Learning. Throughout her 18 years at Mount Royal, she was the driving force behind Mount Royal’s Bachelor of Education — Elementary, among other important initiatives.

“She was persistent and relentless in her drive to ensure that MRU eventually received the B.Ed. Elementary program,” said Norm Vaughan, professor in the Department of Education.

Naested has authored and co-authored eight publications, including Understanding the Landscape of Teaching and Exploring the Math and Art Connection, and has delivered numerous academic and professional presentations. She holds a research interest in helping teachers learn to make connections between art and math, believing that students who make the connection have a better understanding and confidence in both subjects.

Naested came to Mount Royal after 20 years as a successful teacher, curriculum leader and department head with the Calgary Board of Education. With a B.Ed. and an MA from the University of Calgary, Naested earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University in 1993. Two years later, she was welcomed to the Department of Behavioural Sciences at Mount Royal.

She has been recognized for her teaching excellence, receiving Mount Royal’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2009. Naested was among the first faculty at Mount Royal to be granted the rank of full professor in 2012.

Upon retirement, she created the Dr. Irene Naested Travel Fund that provides up to $1,500 for student travel to research conferences. Students have used this funding to explore scholarship opportunities in Montreal, St. Catherines and Chicago.

— Bryan Weismiller, June 4, 2015 (photos of Professors Emeriti taken with Mount Royal University Provost Kathy Shailer)