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Dr. Walker is a Professor of Educational Administration and Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. His recognized areas of work include educational governance and policy making; leadership philosophies and practices, community and interpersonal relations, organizational development and capacity-building, and applied and professional ethics. He brings over thirty-five years of experience as a manager, teacher, minister, leader, scholar, and educational administrator in public and social sectors. His formal education has been in the disciplines of physical education, sports administration, theology, education, educational administration, and philosophy.
Keith Walker has earned national and international awards for his research work. A focus of Professor Walker's research work is with executives across all three sectors and with senior educational administrators in K-12 and tertiary education. Dr. Walker has presented workshops, papers, and provided consultations in Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, The Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Namibia, Fiji, The Cook Islands, Barbados, Italy, Guyana, Malta, China, Turkey, Chile, Brazil, Ethiopia, Greece, The Czech Republic, Spain, and the United States. In recent years, he has worked a great deal in the areas of good governance, creating ethical cultures, building the thriving learning communities, the institutionalization of purposeful change, and leadership for sustainable development.
Over the last number of years, Professor Walker and several of his colleagues and students have received over one million dollars to fund research in areas, including: Understanding Teacher Attrition and Retention: The Role of Teacher Induction and Mentorship Programs (with Professor Ben Kutsyuruba, Queen's University), the best interests of the child (with Professors Heavin and Clarke), the dissemination of a promising model for mentorship (adaptive mentorship) with Dr. Edwin Ralph (principal investigator), interdisciplinary practicum education in professional undergraduate programs (with Drs. Ralph and Wimmer), leadership in the new economy (with Dr. Bosetti, University of Calgary), trust-brokering and moral agency of school principals (with Dr. Brian Noonan) learning community and capacity building (with Drs. Larry Sackney and Coral Mitchell), and comparative adult literacy policy and practice between Canada and Sweden (with Drs. Angela Ward and Nayda Veeman), and the ethics of educational executives.
Benjamin Kutyuruba, David Burgess, Kent Donley and Professor Walker have completed a Guide to Ontario School Law (2013). The Reverend Doctor Joseph Nsaih and Dr. Walker have recently had published their book entitled: The Servant Leadership Role of Catholic High School Principals. With his ongoing interest in spiritual lives of leaders, Keith has recently written two volumes of prayers (2013, 2012). Dr. Edwin Ralph and Keith have co-edited a book with a collection papers from across the professions on the topic of mentorship (2011). With Professor Kent Donlevy, Professor Walker has co-authored the book"Working through Ethics in Education and Leadership" (2010) and a monograph entitled Dancing on the Narrow Ridge (2010) with a focus on ethical discourse amongst superintendents of education. Professor Walker is currently working on a number of manuscripts dealing with subjects such as leadership perspectives on hope, becoming compassionate leaders of flourishing learning communities (with Dr. Sabre Cherkowski, UBC), Pan-Canadian study of teacher induction (with Ben Kutsyuruba – Queen's University), the concept of"cause-based leadership (with Dr. Doug Berg, Columbia), building trust (with Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba), school board governance, university presidents' responses to the new economy (with Dr. Lynn Bosetti, UBC), building appreciative schools and diligent leadership. Kent Donlevy (U of C), Jerome Chomos, and Keith have written A Guide to Alberta School Law (2008). He, Jerome Chomos, and Dave Burgess have written the second edition of A Guide to Saskatchewan School Law in 2009. We are currently working on a manuscript for Ontario Guide to School Law. In 2006, with Drs. Angela Ward and Nayda Veeman, Keith wrote Valuing Literacy: Rhetoric or Reality to highlight the findngs of their public policy study on adult literacy, comparing Sweden to Canada. Professor Walker co-authored a book on leadership for Pacific Islanders in 2005. Keith has developed and co-developed two new courses for the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy: Public Leadership (with Roy Romanow and Greg Marchildon) and Executive Leadership in the Public Sector.
He has been an active associate of the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit, consulting under its auspices for over 20 years. Keith is a Senior Consultant and Executive Director for Turning Point Consulting Ltd., and President of Turning Point Global
Keith is well-known for his facilitative, consultative, coaching and peace-making skills. He has trained other leaders in appreciative inquiry methodologies and Keith has been engaged in process consultation in and beyond Saskatchewan for governments, international agencies, banks and foundations, national non-profit organizations, schools, professional associations and school divisions/districts. Keith currently serves on three Boards of Directors (in both not-for-profit and higher education sectors). Keith is married to Viv (M.D., C.C.F.P), who works as a physician (family and palliative medicine). They are the parents of five adults: Gillian (21), Graham (26) and his wife Stacie, Eric (27) and his wife Sara Jane, and James (29).
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