Dr. Lois Harder, Principal
Dr. Lois Harder brings extensive administrative and teaching experience to the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. She has served as associate chair (graduate) in the Department of Political Science from 2005–2010, associate dean (research) in the Faculty of Arts from 2011–2014, and chair of the Department of Political Science from 2015–2018. Under her leadership, a new MA in Policy Studies is under development with a prospective launch in September 2019—a project that has required the cultivation of relationships both within and outside of the university, particularly among government officials, stakeholders in the public sector, and donors. While working with graduate students as both associate chair and associate dean responsible for graduate studies, Lois was involved in developing and providing professional development training for students, work which was recognized by the Graduate Students’ Association Academic Staff Award in 2010. In 2018, she and her colleagues Sara Dorow, Natasha Hurley and Susanne Luhmann received the Academic Woman of the Year Award for their efforts to establish Research at the Intersections of Gender as a Signature Area of research and teaching excellence at the University of Alberta.
Lois is also an award-winning researcher. Her work centres on citizenship and family law, examining the issue of citizenship through birth and familial relationships as the basis for membership in liberal democracies. Along with numerous articles and book chapters, she is the author, co-author or editor of four books: State of Struggle: Feminism and Politics in Alberta (2003); Women, Democracy and Globalization in North America (2006); The Chretien Legacy: Politics and Public Policy in Canada (2006) and Patriation and its Consequences: Constitution-making in Canada (2015) (the latter two edited with Dr. Steve Patten). She held a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Hawaii in 2007, was the Eccles Centre Visiting Canadian Fellow in North American Studies at the British Library in 2014, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Kent Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality in 2015. As a dedicated teacher, graduate supervisor and researcher, she looks forward to leading PLLC.
Rt. Hon Kim Campbell
Founding Principal, 2014-2018
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, PC, CC, OBC, QC, served as Canada’s 19th prime minister in 1993—the first and only female prime minister in Canada. She arrived at the University of Alberta in 2014 as the Founding Principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. She worked closely with PLLC Vice-Principal Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell to make the government and university’s visions of a leadership college a reality. She collaborated with the founding donors to help fund the college and build Peter Lougheed Hall, a residence and workshop facility. Before her term ended in 2018, she oversaw the graduation of our first two graduating classes and mentored three cohorts of students as the lead instructor of Foundations of Leadership. As PLLC's Founding Principal, her legacy will continue to inspire U of A students to lead with integrity and responsibility.