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Meet the Faculty:Shannon Gullberg

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 Name: Shannon Gullberg

Hometown: Born in Edmonton but raised in Brooks, Alberta (I’m a country girl at heart)

Undergrad Degree: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Alberta. I have worked for several years as a speech pathologist before coming back to law school.

How are you enjoying your position so far? So far, so good. It has been exciting being back at the law school and back in Alberta.

What were you doing before coming to the U of A Faculty of Law? I spent the last twenty-five years in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. I went there immediately after law school to article. I made a promise to my principal, Donald Cooper, that I would “stay for the year.” He smiled and said, “we’ll see about that!” Twenty-five years, a husband, three daughters and two dogs later, I finally returned to Alberta! Don (rest his soul) was right.

 For students who aren’t familiar, can you please provide us with a brief synopsis of your role here at U of A?  I am responsible for ensuring the academic success of students as well as providing support to the Indigenous students. Since my arrival, we have implemented a formal academic support program and will continue to ensure it meets the needs of the students. It’s all about student support and success.

What is the best part of your position? Helping the students. It may sound cliché, but I really am here to help!!

What have been/will be the biggest challenges in your position? Seeing students who are struggling and who did not come forward to receive assistance. I am working very hard to ensure that they come forward.

 What was your favorite part about law school? I really enjoyed classes that focused on litigation (which is what I wanted to do). I also made life long friendships. We just had our 25th reunion this past weekend, and there are some people who will remain with you always. Salt of the earth!

Do you have a secret talent? Tracking, hunting, trapping…Okay, I like to cook too!

Where is your favorite place in the world? My husband and I talk about this a lot lately! I have such fond memories from many places. Certainly my 25 years in the North. I also loved South Africa, Italy, France, England…not sure I can narrow it down. I think I will stick with, wherever I am so long as my husband is with me!

What is your favorite food? You won’t believe this, it’s turnip! I could live on that alone!

If you could meet one person in the world (living or dead), who would it be? I have had the privilege of meeting many amazing people in my life. I have met Andrea Bocelli (the opera singer), Clara Hughes (the athlete), Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar), and in my office at home is a picture and autograph of Al Pacino (love Scarface). Yes, I find a wide range of people extremely interesting! If I had to narrow it down, I would probably say Archbishop Oscar Romero. To put yourself in a position where you knew you would die for your convictions, and to face persecution from all sides in trying to help the oppressed, WOW!