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Athabasca University

Dr. Pamela Walsh

Associate Professor



Pamela WalshPamela Walsh is an experienced practitioner with a focus on educational leadership as well as globalization and the internationalization of tertiary, or post-secondary, education systems. She also has a great interest in innovative and flexible pedagogies. 

During her more than 25 years as an educator, she has held a number of executive positions in post-secondary environments, most recently at Athabasca University. As an assistant deputy minister in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, she was responsible for supporting the public post-secondary education system, providing advice to the government of NL on legislative and policy matters including funding support for the public post-secondary system.

During her 10 years in the college system in NL, her various roles and responsibilities included system change and reorganization, academic leadership, and domestic and international partnership development. Pamela has taught in classrooms at the high school, college and university levels. She has been involved in international education projects in approximately 10 countries. She has presented her work and research at national and international conferences and other venues. An award that she is particularly proud of is the National Leadership Award for International Education, Canadian Bureau of International Education (2004).

Pamela has participated on many not- for- profit boards, task forces and advisory committees of the past 25 years including: Canadian Virtual University (Advisory Committee); Canadian Bureau of International Education (Board); Canadian Federal Government Task Force for Broadband; Canadian Atlantic Provinces Community Colleges Consortium; Association of Canadian Community Colleges (Board); Council for Higher Education for Newfoundland and Labrador; and Advisory Committee for High School Reform, NLTA (Teacher’s Association, NL).

She holds a Doctor of Education (Leadership in Post-Secondary Contexts, 2011) from the University of Calgary. In her doctoral research she focused on globalization and the internationalization of higher education. Her other major research interests include educational leadership and change. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education (Educational Leadership, 1988) degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Pamela was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador but has lived and worked in Alberta for 12 years; 10 of these years have been with Athabasca University.

Updated January 22 2018 by CDE

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