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Athabasca University

Dr. Pamela Walsh

Associate Professor



Pamela WalshPamela Walsh is an experienced instructor and educational practitioner with a focus on educational leadership, globalization and the internationalization of education systems, and use of ePortfolios as learning and assessment tools. She also has a great interest in in open and distance education and open education practices.

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. Pamela has also served as Vice-president Academic and President of the college system in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).

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. Two awards that she is particularly proud of are the National Leadership Award for International Education, Canadian Bureau of International Education (2004) and the Outstanding Award for AU Faculty, Graduate Students’ Association (2018).

Pamela has participated on many not- for- profit boards, task forces and advisory committees over 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. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education (Educational Leadership, 1988) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Pamela was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador but has lived and worked in Alberta since 2006. She has been with Athabasca university since 2007.

Updated January 22 2021 by DE

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