University of Calgary

Christy Thomas

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor


Dr. Thomas was born in Saskatchewan but has lived in Calgary since 1989.  She started teaching in K-12 education in 1998 and completed her Masters in 2011 at the University of Alberta.  In Summer 2012, she enrolled in doctoral studies at the University of Calgary and completed her Doctorate in Education in March 2016.  She joined the Werklund School of Education in Summer 2016 as a sessional instructor in the undergraduate and graduate programs. In Summer 2017, she accepted the position of instructor for the Werklund School of Education. She teaches graduate courses in leadership, professional learning, and interdisciplinary learning and various undergraduate courses in year one and two of the program.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Thomas’ research focuses on teaching and learning. Within this focus, her research interests include professional learning, leadership, engaging teachers as adult learners, teacher training, collaboration and group work, interdisciplinary learning, and partner research.

Current Projects

Fostering Student Collaboration and Assessing Group Assignments. 
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant (SOTL)
Barb Brown (PI), Christy Thomas, Gabriela Alonso Yanez

Evaluating the Effectiveness of a High Quality Collaborative Professional Learning Model in Addressing Alberta’s Leadership Quality Standard
Alberta Education, Research Partnership Grant
Christy Thomas (PI), Jim Brandon, Sharon Friesen

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Doctorate of Education
University of Calgary

Master of Education
University of Alberta

Bachelor of Education
University of Calgary

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Thomas is currently a member of the Werklund School of Education’s Academic Engagement Task Force committee. In the past she served as a member for the Joint C2 Committee for Palliser Regional Schools where she worked closely with other teachers, board members, superintendents, and Alberta Education to address teacher workload issues to enhance teacher efficacy. She also served on the Professional Development Committee as an Alberta Teachers’ Association Representative (ATA). 

Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), Member,


Thomas, C. & Brown, B. (2017). Strategies for successful group work. In A. P. Preciado Babb & J. Lock (Eds). Proceedings of the IDEAS 2017: Leading Educational Change, Calgary, Canada: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.

Thomas, C. (2017). Partnerships for Professional Development. In A. P. Preciado Babb & J. Lock (Eds). Proceedings of the IDEAS 2017: Leading Educational Change, Calgary, Canada: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.

Thomas, C. (2016). The Partnership Model for Transformational Teacher Professional Development. Handout presented at the 2016 International Research Conference, Kappa Delta Pi & Mount Royal University, Canada. Retrieved from

Thomas, C. (2016). Exploring the impact of professional development partnerships on teaching and learning (Doctoral dissertation).  The Vault at the University of Calgary.  Retrieved from

Brown, B., Hartwell, A., & Thomas, C. (in press). Interdisciplinary design teams of pre-service and in-service teachers: Issues with collaboration. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 19(1).

Brown, B., Thomas, C., Delanoy, N. & Brandon, J. (2018). Quality Teaching: A Literature Review for Northern Gateway Public Schools. Report prepared for Northern Gateway Public Schools. Retrieved from

Francis, K., Alsonzo Yanez, G., Chapman, O., Cherkowski, G., Dodsworth, D., Friesen, S., Gereluk, D., Knowlton Cockett, P., Preciado Babb, A. P., Shanahan, M.C., Takeuchi, M., Thomas, C., & Turner, J. (2018). Forming and transforming STEM teacher education: A follow up to Pioneering STEM education. Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Canary Islands, Spain.

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