An Overview of Keith’s Professorial Work and Service


Dr. Walker is a Professor of Educational Administration and Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. In large part, Keith’s university work consists of research and scholarly writing, teaching in both educational administration and public policy, and service to university and field-based partners. Keith has been a senior faculty consultant with the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit, at the University of Saskatchewan, for almost 25 years.

Local and International Scope

Keith has worked with organizations, leaders and professional organizations throughout his home province of Saskatchewan and across the country.

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, Vanuatu, Spain, 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.

Teaching and Graduate Advisement

Keith has been a professional teacher for more than 40 years, in a multitude of contexts.  At 16 he managed his first summer swimming pool with six employees . . . and the rest is history.

In the main he has taught the following university courses at the University of Saskatchewan: EDU 303, EADM 422, 423, 424, 425 (undergraduate courses) and EADM 811 (Organizational Theory), 821 (Organizational Behaviour), 826 (Human Resources Leadership), 834 (Case Studies in Leadership), 835 (Policy Making in Education), 836 (Leading Community Relation), 884 (Critical Perspectives in Policy Making), 894, 898, 990, and 993 (graduate courses) and JSGS 808 – Executive Leadership, Ethics and Trust, PUBP 898 – Public Leadership, JSGS 883/884 and JSGS 851 (Qualitative Research Methodologies).

Keith has supervised 30 Ph.D. students, and 86 Masters students to completion of their degrees. In addition, He has been on or currently serves on over 70 doctoral committees and over 80 masters committees at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been an external examiner on over 35 occasions, beyond my own department and/or university. For example, he has served as external examiner for doctoral dissertations at the Universities of OISE/Toronto, Alberta, Melbourne (Australia), Monash (Australia), Fieldings University (California), New Brunswick, and Calgary. In the last few years, he 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.

Funded Research

Over the last number of years, Professor Walker and several of his colleagues and students have received approximately 1.5 million dollars to fund research in areas, including: flourishing congregations institute research (with Professors Thiessen, Wong and McAlpine), flourishing school research (with Professor Cherkowski), pan-Canadian teacher mentorship, recruitment and retention study (with Professor Kutsyuruba), 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.


Dr. Ben Kutsyuruba (Queens University) and Keith (at conference)

Research on Adapting Mentorship

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See three public domain Youtubes produced and presented by Natasha Haskey who uses our adaptive mentorship model in her work with dietetic practitioners:

Research on Early Career Teachers and Mentorship

Our English-speaking worldwide systematic review of literature on beginning teacher mentorship, our pan-Canadian document analysis of policies and programs for beginning teachers and our current survey of teachers in their first to sixth year of teaching is producing valuable understandings and exchange of information for policy makers, mentors, school leaders and beginning teachers.

Early Career


Research on Flourishing Schools

Currently working with schools and school districts/divisions in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Each relationship is producing a different set of understandings but all focus on flourishing of persons and cultures in context of learning communities.

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Keith and Sabre

Keith Walker and Sabre Cherkowski (on UBC-Okanagan Campus)

Imagine if schools were organised with a disciplined focus on ensuring the well-being of all those in the learning community? What might it mean to teach, learn and lead in school cultures where the main attention of everyone was on flourishing and helping others to thrive?

These and other questions are at the heart of our ongoing research to learn how schools, the persons in school buildings, flourish. Through our authentic partnership with schools in BC and SK, we are learning alongside other educators and their students about three domains (subjective well-being, leaderful mindsets, adaptive community) that support flourishing and about the professional virtues of trust, hope and compassion.

We are intrigued as we explore stories describing what it means to work from a place of well-being and to support positive practices that generate school cultures such that they are alive with a sense of purpose, passion and play.

Framed within research from positive psychology, positive organisational studies and school development, we have shifted away from a deficit-model of school improvement toward a strengths-based, appreciative and generative view of what is working in schools.  We are developing a toolkit of resources for educators with practical resources for growing awareness and the relentless development and sustaining of positive practices and mindsets.

With our participants we are co-authoring monographs of their stories about what it means to notice, nurture and sustain flourishing in their schools.

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University of British Columbia Team (Sabre, Kelly, Keith & Jenn)

Research on Flourishing Congregations

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Currently conducting interviews and meeting with expert panel members in Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax regions.  These denominational leaders, academics, consultants, and congregational leaders are providing us with Canadian-based insights about what flourishing looks like and its root causes.  This work is currently being conducted in contexts of Catholic, mainline and conservative protestant congregations.

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With colleagues or as single author, Keith has published 21 books, 20 chapters in edited books, 75 refereed articles, 23 non-refereed articles, and 93 technical reports.  These are enumerated on his academic-university websites.

Community-based Work and Service

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 has served on a number of boards (in both not-for-profit and higher education sectors).

Further Websites

Professor in Education Profile:

Department of Educational Administration

Professor in Public Policy Profile: 

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Professional Profile:  Linkedin