Carolyn M. Shields
Office Hours: By appointment
- 1968 Queen's University, BA, French, English
- 1970 Queen's University, MA, French
- 1991 University of Saskatchewan, PhD, Educational Administration
- 1993 Certificate, Problem-based Learning, PBL Training Institute, Palo Alto, CA
- 1993 National Association of Secondary School Principal's Assessment Training Certification
- 1986 Certificate, Creative Education Foundation, Certification, Buffalo, NY and Vancouver, BC
- Specialist Certification in Special Education, Advanced French as a Second Language, and Administrative Officer Training
- Currently: Professor, College of Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
- 2005-2011: Professor and Administrator, Department of Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
- 1994-2005: Professor (all ranks) and Administrator, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada
- 1991-1994: Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Salt Lake City, UT
- 1970-1994: Teacher (mostly high school, some elementary for school districts in Labrador, Newfoundland, Ontario, and Saskatchewan); subjects taught: English, French, Special Education
Contributions to Training:
- 2015-2017: Consultant, Lemont School District, IL
- 2014-2016: Member, Advisory Board , Kia Eke Panuku, New Zealand
- 2004: Director and Instructor Leadership Training Institute, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China (planned and conducted training for 40 secondary school principals)
- 1996-present: Consultant to schools and school districts related to structural education change (year-round schooling) including the Roberta Bondar School, Peel, ON; Conseil Scolarie d’Ottawa, Richmond and Penticton School Districts, BC
- 1992-present: Various workshops conducted related to the improvement of instruction and instructional leadership in contexts of diversity for academic departments, schools, and school districts in Canada, the U.S., and New Zealand, e.g. Hille Middle School, Tinsdale, IL
- 1992-2003: Repeated consulting, program evaluation, and staff development contracts with the San Juan School District, UT, the district that contains the Utah portion of the Navajo Reservation, where my focus was Navajo schools
- 2004-2006: External program reviewer for Ministry of Education NS and Ontario and Massey University, New Zealand
Administrative Experience (Education):
- 2011-2014: Dean and Professor, College of Education, Wayne State University
- Present: Advisory board member of five international refereed journals
- 2005-present: Board member, University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA)
- 2005-2007: Department Head, Educational Organization and Leadership (University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne - UIUC)
- 2000-2004: Department Head, Educational Studies (University of British Columbia - UBC)
- 2000-2004: Board Member, Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management
- 1996-1998: Director, UBC-British Columbia Principals and Vice-Principals Association, Principals’ Short Course
- 1999-2003: Elected member of the UBC Senate
- 1998-2004: Appointed Member, BC Ministerial Advisory Council on Academic Standards
- 1998-2000: President of the Canadian Association for Studies in Educational Administration (also program chair and member of the Board of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education)
- 1997-2001: Appointed Member, BC Ministerial Advisory Council on Multiculturalism
- Over 1 million dollars in grant funding.
My graduate teaching and current research focuses on inclusion, equity, excellence, and social justice - with an emphasis on leaership for K-12 schools and school districts as well as higher education.
My career has focused on cross-cultural understanding, cross-cultural leadership, and democratic education and leadership. I was a teacher in K-12 public education for 18 years and have been an administrator, teacher, researcher, and professor for over 20 years in higher education. I work collaboratively with colleagues in many countries and have supervised numerous international graduate students. I have planned and conducted leadership training in China; been a consultant to schools on the Navajo nation, to ministerial multicultural and education committees and have done volunteer work with non-profit organizations. Hence, skills are in program development, administration, educational policy development, research and supervision—all related to cross-cultural understanding and social justice.
Area of Expertise
My teaching and research focuses on leadership for academic excellence and social justice, including the creation of environments in which democratic organizations can effectively prepare students for participation, engagement and citizenship in a pluralistic civil society and global community. While recognizing the importance of contributing to a body of theoretical knowledge, I am also committed to research that has the potential to improve leadership practice and educational policy, and that contributes to a better understanding of how school leaders in diverse and multicultural contexts can create inclusive teaching and learning environments. Through my scholarly efforts I seek to help leaders understand that social justice involves facilitating the academic success of students as well as attending to the impact of inequitable conditions in the wider society.
Research activities have resulted in over 100 publications in a wide variety of formats, including seven books, discipline-leading refereed journals, practitioner-owned publications, policy documents, invited book chapters, and consulting reports; service as either editor or editorial board member of sixteen professional publications, and as reviewer for over twenty publications. During the past 15 years over 50 invited keynote and other presentations and dozens of refereed or reviewed conference presentations both at home and abroad have been given.
- Introduction to Administration and Leadership (Masters Program)
- Seminar in Adminstration, Leadership, and Research with an emphasis on Social Justice (doctoral program)
- Research Course - Proposal Writing (doctoral seminar)
Community Engagement Activities
Service activities include university service and service to the profession as well as community engagement, i.e., principal leadership institutes in British Columbia and in China, appointment to provincial ministerial advisory committees related to diversity as well as educational academic standards, and founder of the School Leadership Center at UBC. Community service contributions include founding a non-profit organization to send books to schools in need and membership on the British Columbia Leadership Council.
- 2008-present: Founding Director and Board Member, non-profit, Books to Schools (shipping books to schools in developing countries in need of print materials)
- 2000-2005: Board member of non-profit World Servants, BC (raised funds and helped plan development projects)