About the Department

The Department of Educational Administration was formally constituted within the University of Saskatchewan in 1964, when the Saskatchewan Normal School was subsumed by the University. Since that time, and in response to both provincial demands in our field and University expectations for faculty activity, graduate teaching and research has emerged as a central focus of the Department. Our graduate student body represents the largest graduate department in the University, all while the Department's team of eight and one-half faculty, and one and one-half support staff, continue to maintain commitments in undergraduate programming within the College of Education. In so doing, the Department has made a significant contribution to the growth of graduate programming at the University—contributing to the successful achievement of key University goals within its First and Second Integrated Plans.

The Department's mission is to prepare and develop educational practitioners and scholars through teaching, research, dissemination of research, and service in the disciplines of educational administration and leadership, across organizational and international boundaries. The Department seeks to promote the advancement of wisdom, knowledge, skills, and values that are necessary for the renewal of educational organizations at the local, provincial, national, and international levels. The Department faculty and associates are committed to the following guiding values:

  • excellence in all faculty activities;
  • high levels of efficiency and productivity in Departmental operations;
  • equality and respect for all individuals, and equity of access to all who have the potential to succeed and cognizance of the needs and rights of people with individual or social disadvantages;
  • positive community ethos with respect to importance and integrity of relationships and productivity; and
  • academic freedom, intellectual rigour, practitioner relevance, and high ethical standards.

Members of the Department are encouraged and continue to be eminently successful in their individual research.  In addition to the place-based specialties in the areas of Aboriginal and rural education, faculty members in our Department research and teach in the areas of:

  • educational leadership;
  • principalship studies;
  • school improvement and school effectiveness;
  • organizational analysis;
  • school, family, and community partnership;
  • educational finance and law; as well as
  • qualitative and quantitative educational research methods.

The Department of Educational Administration offers four graduate programmes focusing on key educational issues for the improvement and effectiveness of organizations, communities, and government. Increasingly, our graduate programmes engage and incorporate students whose field is not within our historical base of K-12 education (including nurses, physicians, those in policy studies, business administration, and higher education administration). Furthermore, the Department is now home to several international students, particularly from China, and we yearly offered international travel and study programming.