Katy Campbell

Dr. Katy Campbell was born and raised in Edmonton, and received her PhD in instructional studies from the University of Alberta in 1994. She joined the Faculty of Extension in 1996, was appointed dean in 2009, and facilitated the development of a new academic plan emphasizing university-community engagement and the scholarship of engagement.


Prior to joining the University of Alberta, Dr. Campbell was an assistant professor at the Ella Cline Shear School of Education, State University of New York at Geneseo, and a distance education specialist at Keewatin Community College in northern Canada. An instructional designer by education and inclination, she works with narrative and autoethnography within a feminist poststructural theoretical framework, examining the socially constructed nature of instructional design practice in higher education and cross-cultural settings. She is primarily interested in questions of identity (intersectionality), agency, and social change in design.


Dr. Campbell has published extensively and has held offices in numerous scholarly, professional and community organizations including the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), IMS Global Learning Consortium, the University of Alberta's Employment and Equity Committee, Racism Free Edmonton, Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Counsel, Equal Voice (Alberta North Chapter), and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. She is also a member of The Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship.