Dr. Lorelli Nowell, RN, PhD
Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs
Dr. Lorelli Nowell has been teaching in the Faculty of Nursing since 2003 and recently rejoined the faculty as an Assistant Professor with a Teaching and Learning Research Professorship. After finishing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Calgary in 2017, she completed an Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. She earned her Master of Nursing from the University of Calgary in 2012, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thompson Rivers University in 2000.
Dr. Nowell is passionate about teaching and learning and she has a strong mixed methods research background with numerous interdisciplinary collaborations. Her emerging program of research focuses on studying innovations in teaching and learning, the professional learning and development of educators, and mentorship to support teaching and learning practices. She has published her research in several high impact journals and frequently presents at regional, national, and international conferences.
Shannon Parker, MN, RN
Interim Assistant Dean, Faculty Development
Shannon is an Associate Professor (Teaching) with extensive experience working with undergraduate students in simulation suites, large & small classrooms, and clinical areas. She creates authentic learning experiences with students primarily in Term 3 and 4 of the Bachelor of Nursing program. Her scholarship focuses on psychomotor skill acquisition, specifically the application of high performance sport knowledge to undergraduate nursing education. Shannon has been a faculty member since 2008 and has served on numerous faculty committees. Her service now includes the Bragg Creek & Redwood Meadows Wellness Network, Canadian Nurses Association Professional Nursing Associations and Membership roundtable, and Alberta Health Strategic Clinical Networks.
Dr. Heather Bensler, RN MSN EdD
Assistant Dean - Academic Partnerships
Dr. Heather Bensler joined the Faculty of Nursing in August 2017 as a tenure-track assistant professor (teaching) and the Director of Indigenous Initiatives with a focus on faculty and curriculum development. She is the Assistant Dean Academic Partnerships for the Faculty of Nursing. In this role, She is responsible for ongoing development, sustainment, and extension of collaborative partnerships with rural and Indigenous academic partners in the profession of undergraduate nursing educational programs.
Dr. Michelle Scott
Director of Indigenous Initiatives
As the Faculty of Nursing's Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Michelle Scott, Anaatsa'poopaki (Pretty Plume Woman) joins UCalgary Nursing after being the director, Indigenous Initiatives at St Mary’s University in Calgary for over eight years. Michelle is a proud L’nu (Mi’kmaw) and Irish/English woman whose ancestral home is Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland). She grew up in Tkaronto (Toronto) where she received a BA in Sociology from UToronto and has called Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary) home for the past 23 years. She also completed her MEd at the University of Saskatchewan.
Michelle is committed to opening up spaces within the western academy to centre Indigenous voices and Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing - to bring community together to learn alongside each other at the fire of all our relations about the historical and ongoing legacy of colonization in the place we now know as Canada and to provide the space at this fire for people to begin to understand themselves, their world and the future they want to create together, in a good way, on the path of reconciliation.