University of Calgary

Nancy Arthur

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Professor Emerita of Education


Dr. Arthur is a Professor, Educational Studies in Counselling Psychology, and was appointed as the Associate Dean Research, Werklund School of Education from 2014-2017.  Dr. Nancy Arthur received a BA (Hons), majoring in Sociology from the University of Waterloo (1978); a MA degree, majoring in Sociology from the University of Alberta (1985); and MEd (1985) and PhD (1993) degrees in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary; and she is a Registered Psychologist (AB).  From 1994-2014, Dr. Arthur completed two terms as a Canada Research Chair in Professional Education. Her published books include Contermporary Theories of Career Development; Counseling International Students; Case Incidents in Counseling for International Transitions, and she co-edited and co-authored the award winning book, Culture-Infused Counselling. Dr. Arthur completed an 8-year appointment on the Board of Governors for the Canadian Career Development Foundation in 2018.  Dr. Arthur currently serves as a Vice-President of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance, member of the Editorial Board for the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a Research Fellow with the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick. Dr. Arthur is a thought-leader for the Human Dynamics in a Changing World strategic theme, leading an interdisciplinary research team investigating intercultural practices for working with newcomers in the domains of education, health, and settlement.  

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Arthur’s research focuses on investigating how professionals adapt to shifting roles and responsibilities in a global context, and how they engage in social justice through professional practice. Dr. Nancy Arthur is interested in how professionals respond to global forces in the work environment, and how professionals are educated to adapt to shifting roles and responsibilities in our global society. Her research program includes investigations of the ways that people manage international transitions in living, learning, and working across cultures.

Current Projects:

An Interprofessional Approach to Innovative Research and Practices with Newcomers, Human Dynamics in a Changing World, Vice-President Research Office

Barriers and Bridges: An Intercultural Relationship Approach to Understanding Social Integration of Young Newcomers in School, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

International StudentsCareer Transitions, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada




University of Calgary

University of Calgary

University of Alberta

BA (Hons)
University of Waterloo

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Arthur offers her expertise to a variety of public and private sector organizations across Canada and internationally. She supports the professional education of counsellors, career development practitioners and other helping professionals through the development and delivery of curriculum and training workshops. She has also designed and delivered graduate level curriculum on global and cross-cultural leadership. 


Arthur, N., Neault, R., & McMahon, M. (Eds.). (2019). Career theories and models at work: Ideas for practice. Toronto, ON: CERIC.

Arthur N., & McMahon, M. (Eds.). (2019). Contemporary theories of career development: International perspectives. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Arthur, N. (Ed.). (2018). Counseling in cultural contexts - identities and social justice. New York, NY: Springer.

Arthur, N., & Domene, J. (2018). In the shadow of preferred immigrants: Accompanying partners of international students. Canadian Diversity, 14(2), 8-12.

Collins, S., & Arthur, N. (2018). Challenging conversations: Deepening personal and professional commitment to culture-infused and socially-just counseling practices. In D. Pare & C. Oudette (Eds.), Social justice and counseling: Discourse in practice (pp. 29-42). New York, NY: Routledge.

Kassan, A., Goopy, S., Green, A., Arthur, N., Nutter, S., Russell-Mayhew, S., Sesma Vazquez, M., & Silversides, H. (2018). Becoming new together: Making meaning with newcomers through an arts-based ethnographic research design. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 1-18. Published online first 30 April 2018

Nutter, S., Russell-Mayhew, S., Arthur, N., & Ellard, J. (2018). Weight bias and social justice: Implications for education and practice. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling.

Nutter, S., Russell-Mayhew, S., Arthur, N., & Ellard, J. (2018). Weight bias as a social justice issue: A call for dialogue. Canadian Psychology, 59(1), 89-99. doi:10.1037/cap0000125

Arthur, N. (2017). Supporting international students through strengthening their social resources. Studies in Higher Education, 5, 887-894. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2017.1293876.

Arthur, N., Lund, D., Russell-Mayhew, S., Nutter, S., Williams, E., Sesma Vazquez, M., & Kassan, A. (2017). Employing polyethnography to navigate researcher positionality on weight bias. The Qualitative Report, 22(5), 1395-1416.

Cui, D., Arthur, N., & Domene, J. (2017). What is missing from the literature on accompanying spouses of international students? Reflections on three issues. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 47(1), 171-190. 

Woodend, J., & Arthur, N. (2017).  Correlates of immigrant workers’ job satisfaction: Research-in-brief. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 16(2), 44-47.

Arthur, N. (2017).  Constructivist approaches to career counseling: A culture-infused approach. In M. McMahon (Ed.), Career counseling: Constructivist approaches (2nd ed., pp. 54-64). New York, NY: Routledge.

Arthur, N. & Collins, S. (2017). Culture-infused counsellor supervision. In N. Pelling, A. Moir-Bussy, & P. Armstrong (Eds.), The practice of counselling and clinical supervision (pp. 267-295). Bowen Hills, QLD: Australian Academic Press.

Arthur, N. (2016). Counselling international students in the context of cross-cultural transitions. In J. Draguns, W. Lonner, P. Pedersen, J. Trimble, & M. Scharrón del Río (Eds.), Counselling across cultures (7th ed., 301-322). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Arthur, N. (2015). Voices of women from Canada. In J. Bimrose, M. McMahon, & M. Watson (Eds.), Women’s career development throughout the lifespan: An international exploration (113-126). New York, NY: Routledge.

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (2015). Culture-Infused Counselling and psychotherapy. In L. Martin & B. Shepard (Eds.), Canadian counselling and psychotherapy experience: Ethics-based issues and cases (pp. 277-304).  Ottawa, ON: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (2015). Multicultural counselling in Canada: Education, supervision, and research. In A. Sinacore & F. Ginsberg (Eds.), Canadian counselling and psychology in the 21st century (pp. 42-67). Montreal, QC: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Collins, S., Arthur, N., Brown, C., & Kennedy, B. (2015). Student perspectives: Graduate education facilitation of multicultural and social justice competency. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 19(2), 153-160.  

Arthur, N. (2014). Social justice in the Age of Talent. International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance, 14(1), 47-60.  doi: 10.1007/s10775-013-9255-x

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (2014). Diversity and social justice: Guiding concepts for career development practice. In B. Shepard & P. Mani (Eds.), Career development practice in Canada: Perspectives, principles, and professionalism (pp. 77-104). Toronto, ON: CERIC.

Arthur, N., & Nunes, S. (2014). Should I stay or should I go home?  Career guidance with international students. In G. Arulmani, A. Bakshi, F. Leong, & T. Watts (Eds.), Handbook of career development: International perspectives (pp. 587-606). New York: Springer.

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (2014). Counsellors, counselling, and social justice: The professional is political. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 48, 171-185. 

Kennedy, B., & Arthur, N. (2014). Social justice and counselling psychology: Recommitment through action. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 48,186-205.

Arthur, N. (2013). International students and career development: Human capital in the global skills race. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 31, 43-50.

Arthur, N., Collins, S., Marshall, C., & McMahon, M. (2013). Social justice competencies and career development practices. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 47, 136-154.  

Popadiuk, N., & Arthur, N. (2013). Key relationships for international student university-to-work transitions.  Journal of Career Development, 41(2), 122-140.

Nunes, S., & Arthur, N. (2013). International students’ experiences of integrating into the workforce.  Journal of Employment Counseling, 50, 34-45

Arthur, N. (2012). Career development and international transitions. In M. McMahon & M. Watson (Eds.), Career development: Global issues and challenges (pp. 93-110). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Arthur, N., & Flynn, S. (2011). Career development influences of international students who pursue permanent immigration to Canada. International Journal of Education and Vocational Guidance, 11(3), 221-237.

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (2010). (Eds.). Culture-Infused counselling (2nd ed.). Calgary, AB: Counselling Concepts.

Arthur, N., & Pedersen, P. (Eds.). (2008). Case incidents in counseling for international transitions. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.




2017               Elected Fellow, Canadian Psychological Association

2016               Research or Professional Article Award

                       Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

2015                Distinguished Researcher, Werklund School of Education

2015                Visiting Scholar Award, University of Queensland, Australia

2014                Distinguished Research Lecturer, Werklund School of Education

2013                Honorary Lifetime Member, Career Development Association of Alberta  

2006                Canadian Counselling Association Book Award       

2003                Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award

1994                Outstanding Dissertation Award, Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education


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