Academic Leadership Team

Meet our dean, associate deans and directors at the Faculty of Nursing

Dr. Sandra Davidson, PhD

Dr. Sandra Davidson, PhD

Dean, UCalgary Nursing


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Nancy Moules, Associate Dean, Research

Dr. Nancy Moules PhD, RN

Associate Dean, Research

Dr. Nancy Moules is a professor with the Faculty of Nursing and past holder of the Kids Cancer Care Chair in Child and Family Cancer Care (2015-2020). She is a three-time alumna, receiving her BN, MN and PhD from the University of Calgary. She is internationally known for her work in hermeneutic research and scholarship, and is the editor of the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics and co-founder and chair of the Canadian Hermeneutic Institute. She leads a program of research focused on psychosocial paediatric oncology, family, grief, and relational complexity.

Kathryn King-Shier, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs

Dr. Kathryn King-Shier, PhD, FESC, RN

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs

Dr. Kathryn King-Shier is a professor and the Guru Nanak Dev Ji Dil Research Chair, jointly appointed to the Faculty of Nursing and Department of Community Health Sciences at UCalgary, and a Visiting Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast.

She earned a BScN from McMaster University and a Masters and PhD in Nursing from the University of Alberta before undertaking post-doctoral training in the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Cardiology (EPICORE Centre) at the University of Alberta. King-Shier was appointed to the University of Calgary in 1999 and was supported by Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions for 13 years. She has held competitive research funding from bodies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Heart and Stroke and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

She is known for her multi-methods program of research that focuses on the influence of ethnicity and sex/gender on cardiovascular disease symptoms, access to care and prevention activities. As one of Canada’s leading cardiovascular nurse scientists, she has served on the Institute Advisory Board for CIHR’s Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and numerous peer-review committees for CIHR and Heart and Stroke. She currently is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Catherine Laing, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Catherine Laing PhD, RN

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Catherine Laing’s program of research is in the field of paediatric oncology. Having an extensive background in clinical, educational, and administrative areas in this field, her doctoral research was a hermeneutic study related to understanding the meaning and effects of children’s cancer camps for the child with cancer and the family.

Dr. Laing’s current research interests lie in understanding the therapeutic value of digital storytelling with pediatric oncology patients, and she is also working on incorporating the methodology of social return on investment in the healthcare setting where questions of social value are present. She is active at the local, national, and international levels of paediatric oncology nursing.

Zahra Shajani, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Practice Education

Dr. Zahra Shajani, RN, EdD

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Practice Education, Undergraduate Programs

Zahra Shajani is a tenured, senior instructor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary. She is currently the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Practice Education. She has been at the faculty since 2006 starting as a sessional instructor in clinical practice. 

She has a broad range of experiences in family nursing, community health, maternal child health, and medical nursing. She has been a co-investigator on funded projects on nursing education, focused on the science of learning and the science of teaching. 

Shajani has presented at national and international conferences including Canadian Association School of Nursing and National League of Nursing. She has co-authored a chapter in Canadian textbook of community nursing and family nursing book. Her research interests include faculty development, family nursing, maternal and child health, nursing practice simulation learning. Shajani also serves in internal committees within the Faculty of Nursing as well as within the external Aga Khan Institutions. 

Andrew Estefan,  Interim Associate Dean, Curriculum Development & Program Evaluation

Dr. Andrew Estefan, PhD, RPN

Associate Dean, Curriculum Development & Program Evaluation 

Dr. Andrew Estefan joined the Faculty of Nursing in 2008. Since this time he has taught undergraduate, master's and doctoral students in the areas of philosophy, research methods, and mental health/psychiatric nursing.  

Between 2014 and 2016 he served in the role of Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning.  Before coming to Calgary, Dr. Estefan taught in nursing, health and social care programs in Australia and the United Kingdom.  His research program focuses on narrative inquiry and he has published work relating to narrative practice and pedagogy in post-secondary undergraduate and graduate learning. He was the recipient of the inaugural University Teaching Award for assistant professors in 2014 and is a member of the Teaching Academy at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Estefan's program of research inquires at the intersections of sexuality, gender, and people's experiences of mental health and illness.  His research work in narrative inquiry and philosophical hermeneutics, alongside faculty colleagues, has been published extensively; he supervises numerous master's and doctoral students undertaking narrative and hermeneutic studies.  His teaching, research, and scholarship have been recognized with international awards from the American Educational Research Association.

Tracey Clancy, Assistant Dean, Faculty Development

Tracey Clancy, RN

Assistant Dean, Faculty Development

Tracey Clancy is a tenured, senior instructor within UCalgary Nursing who took on the new role of assistant dean, faculty development on July 1, 2019. She has been teaching students in clinical practice since 1996 and joined the faculty as a full-time instructor in 2008.

She is an inaugural member of the Teaching Academy at the University of Calgary, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning in nursing and higher education, educational leadership, faculty development, peer mentorship, co-teaching, teaching presence, authentic learning and self-authorship.

Clancy's practice experience is in oncology, hematology, bone marrow and stem cell transplant, in addition to an advanced nursing practice role within the Advanced Vascular Access Service at the Foothills Medical Center. She serves as a parent volunteer with the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Victoria with an interest in exploring what characterizes the self-development of nurse educators, Clancy holds a MN (2008) and a BN (1996) from the University of Calgary, having completed her nursing diploma from the Foothills School of Nursing in 1988.

Louise Baptiste, Director of Indigenous Initiatives

Louise Baptiste, MEd, RN

Director of Indigenous Initiatives

Louise Baptiste joined the University of Calgary in August 2017 as a nursing instructor, and the Director of Indigenous Initiatives with a focus on student supports and community outreach. She has a strong commitment and passion for nursing education geared towards health promotion, social justice, and Indigenous health. She has previously served on numerous committees related to Indigenous health, and volunteered as a student mentor. Currently she is serving on the Advisory Task Force on Indigenous Initiatives for the Faculty of Nursing. Louise was a recipient of the 2016-2017 Indigenous Graduate Award from the University of Calgary.