Keith is married to Viv (M.D., C.C.F.P), who works as a physician (family and palliative medicine) and is co-director of palliative care for Saskatoon Health Region. They are the parents of seven adults: Gillian, Graham and his wife Stacie, Eric and his wife Sara Jane, and James and his wife Martha.
Keith Walker is a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also Minister-at-Large with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, Mid-west District. Reverend Doctor Walker is ordained as a minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination 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 is convinced of the fundamental importance of robust and thriving systems of early childhood development, K-12 education, post-secondary education and non-formal education for the well-being of civil societies. To his way of thinking, the maturation of governance, organizational, and community learning systems in all three sectors (public, social and private) are critical to our shared futures. Keith claims that organizations (whether universities, schools, congregations, or human services organizations) ought to be leaderful, purposeful and flourishing communities.
He brings over forty 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.
Professor Walker’s academic expertise in applied and professional ethics, educational administration, executive leadership, and organizational development, match well with his public policy research interests (governance, leadership-constituent relationships, relationship of social and public sector institutions, decision making and social policy). Walker’s present projects range from an examination of trust – why it is important, how it can be sustained and restored – to how we might further engage public and social sector becoming flourishing and engaging organizations.
- D.D., (Doctor of Divinity, honorus causa), Briercrest College & Seminary
- Post Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies, Regent College, British Columbia
- Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, Educational Administration
- M.Ed., University of Saskatchewan, Educational Administration
- B.Ed., University of Saskatchewan (General with Professional A Teaching Certification K-12)
- B.P.E., University of Alberta, (Physical Education degree with major in sport and personnel administration)
- Reverend Walker is an Ordained Minister: Licensed Minister-at-Large, Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada (registered with Province of Saskatchewan through CMA-Mid-west District).
Professor Walker’s Areas of Academic Interest
- Mentorship and Executive Leader Development
- Flourishing Organizations, Schools and Congregations
- Professional and Applied Ethics
- Governance and Board Governance: Public & Social Sectors
- Policy Making and Decision Making
- Collegiality, Vitality, Productivity and Engagement in Organizations
- Hope Fostering, Trust-brokering, Compassion and Moral Agency
- System, Organization and Leader Well-being
- K-12, Post Secondary, and Public Sector Administration
- Personal and Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership and Followership