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Keith Walker Professor, Educational Administration

Dr Walker's research and teaching areas include professional and applied ethics; executive leadership, board and organizational development; trust and moral agency; hope-building through leadership; best interests of the child; teacher retention and attrition; adaptive mentorship; the spiritual dimension of leadership; flourishing schools and churches; non-Catholic students in Catholic schools; wellness and policymaking; capacity building in the new economy; leadership philosophies; and decision making in public and not-for-profit sectors.

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Education Credentials

  • Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Alberta, 1975 (with major in sport and personnel administration)
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Saskatchewan 1978 (with Professional A Teaching Certification K-12)
  • Master of Education, University of Saskatchewan, 1988 (in Educational Administration)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan, 1992 (in Educational Administration)
  • Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies, 2004, Regent College, British Columbia
  • Doctor of Divinity, Briercrest College and Seminary, 2011 (honorus causa)

My doctoral dissertation was recognized by the award of Phi Delta Kappa Best Dissertation of the Year Award and the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration Dissertation of the Year Award, 1992. My masters thesis was on the subject of the relationship of leadership to organizational culture and my doctoral dissertation was on the subject of ethics in educational decision making.

In addition, I have invested an equivalent of two years of post-graduate studies into fields of Sports Administration (1975-76) and Biblical Studies/Theology (1976-77), in Alberta (U of Alberta) and England (Capernwray) respectively.

Major Areas of Specialization

Leadership, Governance, Decision and Policy Making Organizational Effectiveness and Community Development Leadership Development, Executive Coaching Spirituality and Leadership Applied, Professional, and Executive Ethics Organizational Theory and Human Behaviour Political, Jurisprudential & Institutional Analysis in Education School Community and Interpersonal Relations in Leadership

Current Teaching Areas, Research Interests and Consultative Work

Current Teaching Areas: Leadership Philosophy and Leader Development; Public Leadership; Executive Leadership in Public Sector; Professional and Applied Ethics; Governance and Decision Making; Organizational Theory and Organizational Behaviour; and Political Philosophy and Jurisprudence for Critical Policy Making.

Current Research Interests: Leadership Theory and Leader Development; Trust and Moral Agency; Cause-based Leadership; Policy Relevant Frameworks for the Best Interest of the Child; Developmental Altruism and Leadership; Hope-building in Leadership, the Spiritual Dimension and Disciplines of Leadership; Capacity Building in the New Economy; and the Seven Sins of Leadership

Current Consultative Work: School and Organizational Effectiveness; Leadership and Team Development; Executive Coaching; Performance and Systems Appraisal; Conflict Resolution; Community and Interpersonal Relations; Leadership Ethics; Organizational Development; Strategic and Operational Planning

Overview of Teaching Record

I have been a professional teacher over a period of more than 35 years, in a multitude of contexts.

In the main I have taught the following university courses at the University of Saskatchewan: EDADM 422, 423, 424, 425 (undergraduate courses) and EDADM 811, 821, 834, 835, 836, 884, 898, 990, and 992 (graduate courses)

I have supervised 16 Ph.D. students, and 86 Masters students to completion of their degrees. In addition, I have been on or currently serve on over 50 doctoral committees and over 80 masters committees at the University of Saskatchewan. In the last ten years have been an external examiner on over 30 occasions, beyond my own department and/or university. For example, I have served as external examiner for doctoral dissertations at the Universities of OISE/Toronto, Alberta, Melbourne (Australia), Monash (Australia), Fieldings University (California), and Calgary. In the last few years, I have been an external examiner for masters degrees in fields of Educational Foundations, Education of Exceptional Children and Psychology, Curriculum Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Studies and Nursing.

Selected Books and Book Chapters

Burgess, D., Rigby, J., & Walker, K. (May 2013).  Guide to Kerr & King’s Rules of Order for University Practice: University of Saskatchewan Edition.  Saskatoon:  Turning Point Global Publisher. ISBN: 978-1-304-19258-5

Kutsyuruba, B., Burgess, D., Walker, K., & Donlevy, K. (2013). A guide to Ontario school law. Kingston:  Turning Point Global Publisher. ISBN 978-1-304-29196-7

Walker, K. (2013).  Daily prayer platform: Volume two. Saskatoon: Turning Point Global Publishers. ISBN:  978-1-300-25797-4

Walker, K. (2013)(Ed.). Executive leadership:  Selected essays on leadership, ethics and trust in the public service (Volume One).  Saskatoon:  Turning Point Global Publishers. Pp. 255  ISBN: 978-1-1-300-80112-2

Nsiah, J., & Walker, K. (2013). The servant leadership role of Catholic high school principals. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. Pp. 168  ISBN:  978-94-6209-056-9

Johansson-Fua, S., Ruru, D., Sanga, K., Walker, K., & Ralph, E. (2012). Creating mentorship metaphors: Pacific Island perspectives. Learning Landscapes, 6 (1), 243-261. Available from http://repository.usp.ac.fj/5579/1/Creating_Mentorship_Metaphors_Pacific_Island_Perspectives.pdf

Clarke, P., & Walker, K. (2013). Best Interests of the Child: Exploring Social Science and Jurisprudential Perspectives. In Chandni Basu & Vicky Anderson-Patton (Eds.). Children and Childhood: Practices and Perspectives. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. ISBN: 978-1-84888-179-2.
Walker, K. (2013). The varying meanings of “Best Interests.” In William C. Frick (Ed.). Educational Management Turning on Its Head:  Exploring a Professional Ethic for Educational Leadership: A Critical Reader (pp. 35-55), New York:  Peter Lang.

Walker, K. (2012)(Ed.). The beginning journey to wise policy leadership (Volume One). Saskatoon: Turning Point Global Publishers. Pp. 226. ISBN: 978-1-300-25617-5

Walker, K. (2012). Daily prayer platforms: Volume one. Saskatoon: Turning Point Global Publishers. Pp. 292 ISBN: 978-1-300-05800-7

Walker, K., & Sackney, L. (2011). Sustainable learning in knowledge communities.  In J. Westover (Ed.). Organizational Culture, Learning, and Knowledge Management (pp. 391-407). Champaign, Illinois:  Common Grounds Publisher (ISBN: 978-1-86335-945-0).

Preston, J., & Walker, K. (2011).  Mentorship across professions.  In E. Ralph & K. Walker (Eds.).Adapting mentorship across the professions: Fresh insights and perspectives (pp. 21-33), Calgary:  Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

Sanga, K., & Walker, K. (2011).  Mentoring by questions.  In E. Ralph & K. Walker (Eds.).Adapting mentorship across the professions: Fresh insights and perspectives (pp. 269-290), Calgary:  Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

Walker, K. (2011). Serviette Mentoring. In E. Ralph & K. Walker (Eds.).Adapting mentorship across the professions: Fresh insights and perspectives (pp. 252-267), Calgary:  Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

Donlevy, K., & Walker, K. (2011). Working through ethics in education and leadership: Theory, plays, poems, prose, speeches, cases, and analysis. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (Eds.)(2011). Adapting mentorship across the professions: Fresh insights and perspectives. Calgary: Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

Preston, J., & Walker, K. (2011). Mentorship across professions. In E. Ralph & K. Walker (Eds.). Adapting mentorship across the professions: Fresh insights and perspectives. Calgary: Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

Sanga, K., & Walker, K. (2011). Mentoring by questions. In E. Ralph & K. Walker (Eds.). Adapting mentorship across the professions: Fresh insights and perspectives. Calgary: Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

Walker, K. (2011). Serviette Mentoring. In E. Ralph & K. Walker (Eds.). Adapting mentorship across the professions: Fresh insights and perspectives. Calgary: Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

Ralph, E., & Walker, K., & Wimmer, R. (Eds.)(2010). The practicum in professional education:  Canadian perspectives.  Calgary:  Detselig Enterprises Ltd. ISBN:  (pp. 190)

Walker, K., & Donlevy, K. (2010).  Dancing on the narrow ridge:  Superintendents’ ethical decision making.  Calgary: Turning Point Global Publisher. ISBN: ISBN 978-0-9866609-0-0    (pp. 117)

Walker, K. & Atkinson, M. (in press).  Warranted hope.  In R. Couto (Ed.).  Political and Civic Leadership:  A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.  ISBN: 1412962633

Walker, K. (2010).  Developing practical wisdom during the professional practicum. In E. Ralph, K. Walker, & R. Wimmer (Eds.)(2010). The Practicum in Professional Education:  Canadian Perspectives (pp. 169-190). Calgary:  Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

Donlevy, J., Chomos, J., & Walker, K. (2008). A Guide to Alberta School Law. Turning Point Global: Calgary: ISBN: 978-0-7795009-4-9.

Walker, K. (2007).  The Ebb, Flow and Ecology of Teams. D. McIntire (Ed.). Teamwork: Making the Dream Work.  Indianapolis, Indiana:  Precedent Press.  pp. 45-70.

Veeman, N., Ward, A., & Walker, K. (2006). Valuing literacy: Rhetoric or Reality? Calgary: Temeron Books Inc. ISBN 1-55059-324-2

Walker, K. (2006). Fostering hope: A Leader’s First and Last Task. Monograph 37: ACEL Monograph Series (Edited by D. Gurr). Wimmalee, NSW: Australian Council for Educational Leaders Inc., ISSN 0 813 5335

Walker, K. (2006). Standing upright in the wind: Servant leaders choices. In G.P. Barnes (Ed.). Servant First: Readings and Reflections on the Practice of Servant Leadership (pp. 61-71). Indianapolis, Indiana: Precedent Press.

Walker, K., & Sackney, L. (2007). Anti-egoistic school leadership: Ecologically-based value perspectives for the 21st century. In D.N. Aspin & J.D. Chapman (Eds.) Values Education and Lifelong Learning (pp. 255-278). New York: Springer Press.

Sanga, K., & Walker, K. (2005). Apem moa Solomon Islands leadership. Wellington: He Parekereke, Institute for Research and Development in Maori and Pacific Education, University of Victoria.

Walker, K. & Chomos, K. (Eds.) (2004). A Guide to Saskatchewan School Law. Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit.

Walker, K., & Shakotko, D. (1999). The Canadian superintendency: Value-based challenges and pressures. P. Begley (Ed.). Values and Educational Leadership (pp. 289-313). New York: State University of New York Press.

Shakotko, D., & Walker, K. (1999). Poietic leadership. P. Begley & P. Leonard (Eds.). The Values of Educational Administration. (pp. 201-222). London: The Falmers Press.

Hajnal, V., & Walker, K. (1998). Eking out the last dollars: Nontraditional funding for education. In Jack Lam (Ed.) Educational Finance in Canada: Current Issues and Challenges (pp. 105-112). Calgary: Detselig Publishers

Walker, K., & Kay, B. (1998), Chaperonic Reflections of the Relations between Education and Business Sectors. In Jack Lam (Ed.), Educational Finance in Canada: Current Issues and Challenges (pp. 113-128). Calgary: Detselig Publishers.

Walker, K., & Walker, V. (1997). Dual relationships: Implications for developing professionals. In S. Natale & M. Fenton.(Eds.). The Developing Professional: Maintaining Values in "Practical" Training: Volume II. (pp. 233-266), New York: University Press of America.

Walker, K., & Gerrard, C. (1995). Balancing interests and sustaining the public trust: The case of independent schools and home-based education in Saskatchewan. In W. Foster (Ed.). Rights, Responsibilities & Reasonableness: Striking the Balance in Education, (pp. 494-520), Toronto: Carswell.

Walker, K. (1995). Influences on the value mediating work of educational leaders. In Natale, S. (Vol. Ed.). Values, Work, and Education: Values Inquiry Series. (pp. 213-237), Media, PA: Rodopi Press.

Selected Refereed and Non-Refereed Articles

Cherkowski, C., & Walker, K. (In Press). Schools as sites of human flourishing: Musing on an inquiry into efforts to foster sustainable learning communities. Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations.(R)

Chrosniak, P., Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (2013, February 19). What Role Can Questioning Play in Mentorship? The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal. Penn State University, Division of Undergraduate Studies. Available online from http://dus.psu.edu/mentor/2013/02/role-questioning-play-mentorship/.(R)

Spurr, S., Berry, L., & Walker, K. (2013). The meaning adolescents attach to spirituality. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing.  18(3), 221-232. .(R)

Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (2013). The promise of Adaptive Mentorship: What is the evidence? International Journal of Higher Education, 2 (2), 76-85. Available from  http://www.sciedu.ca/journal/index.php/ijhe/article/view/2709/1566.(R)

Gerard, J., Lapointe, J., Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (2013). Aboriginal post-interns’ views of their rural teaching-practicum. Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 6 (3), 1-8. Available from http://journals.cluteonline.com/index.php/CIER/article/view/7902/7960.(R)

Kutsyuruba, B., & Walker, K. (2013). Ethical challenges in school administration: Perspectives of Canadian principals. Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, 12. .(R)

Spurr, S., Berry, L., & Walker, K. (2013). Exploring adolescent views of body image: The influence of media. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 36(1-2): 1-20. .(R)

Ruru, D., Sanga, K., Walker, K., & Ralph, E. (2013, July). Adapting mentorship across the professions: A Fijian view. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 11(2). .(R)

Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (2013). The efficacy of the Adaptive Mentorship model. Open Journal of Leadership, 2 (2), 1-6. Available online from http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=32622.(R)

Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (2012). Internships in rural schools. Journal of Co-operative Education and Internships, 46, 44-57. Available from http://www.ceiainc.org/assets/wysiwyg/Journal/JCEIA_Vol46%202012.pdf.(R)

Spurr, S., Bally, J.M., Ogenchuk, M., & Walker, K. (2012). A framework for exploring adolescent wellness. Pediatric Nursing, 38(6), 320-326.  .(R)

Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (2012).  Enhancing rural internships: Considering the post-Intern voice. Northwest Passage: Journal of Educational Practices, 10(1), 36-44. .(R)

Sanga, K., & Walker, K. (2012).  The Malaitan mind and teamship. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management. .(R)

Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (2011). Enhancing mentoring in management via the Adaptive Mentorship model. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 10(8), 35-43.(R)

Kutsyuruba, B., Walker, K., & Noonan, B. (2010). The ecology of trust in the principalship. Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, 21(1), 23-47. (R)

Kutsyuruba, B., Walker, K., & Noonan, B. (2011). Restoring broken trust in the work of school principals. International Studies in Educational Administration, 39(2), 81-95. (R)

Walker, K., Noonan, B., & Kutsyuruba, B. (2011). The fragility of trust in the world of school principals. Journal of Educational Administration, 49(5), 471-494. (R)

Clarke, P., Heavin, H., & Walker, K. (in press). Racist parenting and the best Interests of the child: A legal and ethical analysis. The Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy. (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K., & Wimmer, R., (2010a). The field-experiences component of education for the professions: Canadian findings. In N. Simmons (Ed.), Opportunities and new directions (pp. 50-59). Waterloo, ON: University of Waterloo, Centre for Teaching Excellence. (R)

Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (2010b). Mentoring by design: Applying the Adaptive Mentorship model. Design Principles & Practices: An International Journal, 4(1), 465-476. (R)

Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (2010c). Rising with the tide: Applying “Adaptive Mentorship” © in the professional practicum. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT), Vol. 3. Hamilton, ON: Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). (R)

Ralph, E., & Walker, K. (2010). Enhancing mentors’ effectiveness: A promising model.  McGill Journal of Education. (R)
Green, J., & Walker, K. (2009, October).  A contingency model for ethical decision-making by educational leaders. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 4(4), 1-10. http://ijelp.expressacademic.org. (R)

Walker, K., & Donlevy, K. (2008, July). Beyond relativism to ethical decision making. The Journal of School Leadership. 18(4) Selected for Special Edition – re-published

Ralph, E., Walker, K., & Wimmer, R. (in press-a). Practicum and clinical experiences: Post-practicum students’ views. Journal of Nursing Education, 48(8).  (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K., & Wimmer, R.  (2009). The practicum across the professions: Views of post-practicum students. Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education, 13(2). (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K.,  & Wimmer, R. (2009a). Deficiencies in the practicum phase of field-based education: Students’ views. Northwest Passage: Journal of Educational Practices, 7(1), 74-86. Available from: http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/programs/edu/NWPassage/spring2009.html (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K., & Wimmer, R. (2009b). Practicum-education experiences:Post-interns’ views. International Journal of Engineering education, 25(1), 122-130. Available from: http://www.ijee.dit.ie/contents/c250109.html (R)

Bosetti, L., & Walker, K. (2009).  Perspectives of UK Vice-Chancellors on leading universities in a knowledge-based economy.Higher Education Quarterly. (18pp) (R)

Noonan, B., &  Walker, K., & Kutsyuruba, B. (2008). Trust in the Contemporary Principalship Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 85, November 2, 2008. http://www.umanitoba.ca/publications/cjeap/articles/noonan_et_al.html (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K., & Wimmer, R. (2008a). Clinical and practicum education in the professions: The student voice. In A. Wright, S. Murray, & M. Wilson (Eds.), Collection of Essays on Learning and Teaching, Vol. 1 (CELT, pp. 55-60). Hamilton, ON: Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K.,  & Wimmer, R.(2008b). The clinical/practicum experience in professional preparation: Preliminary findings. McGill Journal of Education, 43(2), 157-172. Available from: http://mje.mcgill.ca/article/view/682/2242 (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K., & Wimmer, R. (2008c). The pre-service practicum:  Perspectives of students from three disciplines. Higher Education Perspectives, 4(1) [21 pp.]. Available from Higher Education Perspectives Web site, http://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/hep (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K., & Wimmer, R. (2007a).  Positive and negative aspects of the practicum:  Post-interns’ views.  Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships, 41, 129-142. (R)

Anderson, K., Walker, K., Ralph, E., & Anderson, J. (2008). Pre-service teachers' perceptions of success in relation to self-efficacy. Alberta Journal of Educational Research.[24 pp] (R)

Walker, K., & Donlevy, K. (2008). The Four Ethical Commitments in Educational Administration. Journal of Educational Thought.[28 pp] (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K., & Wimmer, R. (2008a). Clinical and practicum education in the professions: The student voice. In A. Wright, S. Murray, & M. Wilson (Eds.), Collection of Essays on Learning and Teaching, Vol. 1 (CELT, pp. 55-60). Hamilton, ON: Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K., & Wimmer, R. (2008b). The pre-service practicum: Perspectives of students from three disciplines. Higher Education Perspectives, 4(1) [21 pp.]. Available from Higher Education Perspectives Web site, http://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/hep (R)

Ralph, E., Walker, K., & Wimmer, R. (2007a). The practicum in professional education: Pre-service students’ experiences. Transformative Dialogues, 1 (2), [17 pp.] Available from www.kwantlen.ca/academicgrowth/TD/ (R)

Sackney, L., & Walker, K. (2007).  Sustainable innovation in exemplary schools. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 1, 1-10.(R)

Walker, K. (2007).  Mannequin experiences:  Servanthood or servitude?  Leadership in Focus. 6, (Winter), 26-28.(R)

Ralph, E. Walker,K., & Wimmer, R. (in press). Positive and negative aspects of the practicum: Post-interns’ views.  Journal of Cooperative Education and  Internships. (R)

Ralph,E., Walker,K., & Wimmer, R. (2007). The clinical/practicum experience in professional  preparation: Preliminary findings. McGill Journal of Education. (R)

Walker, K. (2006). Fostering hope: The first and last task of a leader. Journal of Educational Administration 44 (6), 540-569. (R)

Sackney, L., & Walker, K. (2006). Canadian perspectives on beginning principals: Their role in building capacity for learning communities. Journal of Educational Administration 44(4), 341-358. (R)

Walker, K., & Donlevy, K. (2006). Beyond relativism to ethical decision making. Journal of School Leadership 16(3), 216-239. (R)

Walker, K., & Carr-Stewart, S. (2006). Beginning principals: Experiences and images of success. International Studies in Educational Administration 34(3), (R)

Sackney, L., Walker, K., & Mitchell, C. (2006). Schools that work. School Matters. (R)

Abridged Curriculum Vitae

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).