University of Calgary

Brittany Harker Martin

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching

EDSA Affiliation

Leadership, Policy & Governance / Arts Education Specialization


Brittany is an Arts Education Specialist with a PhD in Business. Her work sits at the intersection of Learning, Leadership and the Arts with talents in translating learning outcomes into engaging, customized experiences; and in generating new conceptual frameworks for understanding phenomena. As the former Director of the Werklund Youth Leadership Centre, and Lead Researcher of multiple teams, Brittany’s list of collaborators includes the Harvard Leadership Institute, Stanford’s Gardner Centre for Youth, the Rozsa Foundation, Royal Conservatory of Music, and Alberta Health Services. She has extensive experience teaching in class and on-line, and is invited regularly to speak in around the world.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Brittany is an interdisciplinary scholar with expertise in the fields of education, business and psychology. Her most recent project studies the effects of art-based experiences on mental health capacity building in schools - a collaboration with Alberta Health Services. She also continues advancing work on her socially empowered learning framework, and on her model for increasing AQ (Artistic Intelligence). Brittany’s doctoral work applied cognitive psychology to understand organizational resistance to change away from the status quo within the remote work context. Today, she continues to be a leading expert in this topic. She has presented her research around the world including top, peer-reviewed conferences in business (AoM), psychology (SIOP) and education (AERA).


PhD, Strategy and Global Management, beta gamma sigma
University of Calgary, Alberta

BEd, Arts Education, with distinction
University of Regina, Saskatchewan

Professional and Community Affiliations

Dr. Martin has worked with many schools in the Calgary School Board of Education and is a consultant for private, public, and non-profit organizations. Her service includes contributing to the Alberta Fine Arts curriculum redesign initiative and serving on the Fine Arts Council of the Alberta Teachers Association. Other collaborations include projects with the Harvard Leadership Institute, Stanford’s Gardner Centre for Youth, the Rozsa Foundation, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Alberta Health Services. She was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honours society for studies in business, and is also an active member of InSEA, NAEA, AoM, CSSE, and AERA.

  • Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Associate Member
  • Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, Associate Member
  • Alberta Teachers Association, Werklund School of Education Representative
  • Calgary Board of Education, Fine Arts Committee, University of Calgary Representative
  • Alberta Health Services, Mental Health Capacity Building in Schools Initiative, Research Partner (PI)
  • Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurship – Academic Advisory Board Member
  • American Educational Research Association – Member
  • Academy of Management - Member
  • Canadian Society for Studies in Education – Member
  • European Educational Research Association – Member
  • World Educational Research Association – Member



Peer Reviewed, Double Blind Journal Publications 

Mesler, R., Martin, B.H., and Corbin, C. (in press). Effects of Teacher Mindset on Developing Growth Mindset in Girls and Boys, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, accepted, in press.

Buck, R., Snook, B. & Martin, B. H. (in press). Arts integration in Northland, New Zealand: A case of socially empowered learning, Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, accepted, in press.

Martin, B.H. (2019). The Artistry of Innovation: Increasing Artistic Quotient for Innovative Efficacy, Canadian Journal of Education,42(2), 576-604.  

Martin, B.H. & Sinner, A. (2020). Techno-Bio-Poetica: Reweaving the Posted Poetics of Academic Travel, Vitae Scholastica: The Journal of Educational Biography, 36(1), 72-77.

Martin, B. H. (2018). Mixed-Methods Triage: Coalescing Holistic Perspectives for a More Diverse and Inclusive Academy, The Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 16(2), pp. 80-85.

Martin, B. H., Snook, B., & Buck, R. (2018). Creating the Dance and Dancing Creatively: Exploring the Liminal Space of Choreography for Emergence, Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 16(1), 162-174.

Martin, B.H. (2018) Social Empowerment: The Evolution of a Model and Scale Design that Measures Arts Integration, Social Enterprise, and other Socially Empowered Learning, International Journal of Arts Education, 13 (1), 1-17. 

Martin, B. H., & Calvert, A. (2018). Socially Empowered Learning in the Classroom: Effects of Arts Integration and Social Enterprise in Schools, Journal of Teaching and Learning, 11(2), 27-42.

Martin, B.H. (2017) Unsticking the Status Quo: Strategic Framing Effects on Managerial Mindset, Cognitive Bias, and Systematic Resistance to Change, Management Research Review, 40(3), 122-141. 

Martin, B.H. (2017). Teaching the Arts as a Second Language: A School-wide Policy Approach to Arts Integration, Arts Education Policy Review, 118(2), 116-122.

Martin, B.H. and MacDonnell, R. (2012) Is Telework Effective for Organizations? Meta-Analysis of the Perceptions on Telework and Organizational Outcomes, Management Research Review, Vol 25(7), pp. 602-616.  ** Outstanding Paper Award Winner, Emerald Publishing 2013 

Invited Keynote /Speaker

Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) – 10th Annual International Conference

Martin, B.H., Johnston, D., & Holden, M. (2019). Arts for All: Fostering an Innovative Culture Through Artistic Experience, ATINER, Athens, Greece, June 10-13, 2019.

Visual Arts Education Symposia (VAES) – East China Normal University

Martin, B.H. (2018) Keynote Address, “Artistry and Innovation: The Human AI in an Era of Artificial Intelligence,” Shanghai, China (November, 2018).

World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) – 7th International Summit

Martin, B.H. (2017) Keynote Address, “Reflect. Apply. Provoke,” Auckland, New Zealand (November, 2017).  

Victoria Forum – University of Victoria 

Martin, B.H. (2017) Invited Speaker, “The Rozsa Foundation, Kids Go Global and Socially Empowered Learning Research Project,” Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (November, 2017).  

Walrus Talks

Martin, B.H. (2017) Invited Speaker, “Socially Empowered YOUth,” Walrus Talks Next Gen, 2017 Calgary, Alberta (March, 9, 2017).

Congress for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Martin, B.H. (2016) Invited Panelist, “Compassion Under Contemporary Conditions: Keynote with Margaret Atwood – Multidisciplinary Discussion, Compassion in the Community,” Congress 2016 for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Calgary, Alberta (May, 29, 2016). 

Stanford University

Martin, B.H. (2016) Invited Speaker, “Socially Empowered Learning: A New Model of Student Intellectual Engagement,” Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (April, 2016). 

University of Calgary Alumni Weekend

Martin, B.H. (2015). Communities Cubed - Invited Panelist, Alumni Weekend, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta (May, 2015).

Book Chapter - Peer Reviewed, Double Blind 

Martin, B.H. (Forthcoming, 2020). Socially Empowered Through Service Learning, In Calvert, V., Gallop, C., & Quinn, M (Eds.), Community Service-Learning (CSL) and Community Engagement (CE) in Canada: Exemplars in Research, Curriculum Delivery, and Partnership Models. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press.


CBC Calgary News – Feature story with Rob Brown, 16:00-22:12 – September 18, 2020.

CBC Calgary News at 11 – Interview online learning expert – Sept 18, 2020.

CBC Online – Experts say teachers will require support when temporary e-learners return to classrooms – August 18, 2020 5:29,

The Conversation. Five Expert Tips for Working From Home in a Crowded House During the Coronavirus Pandemic, The Conversation, Retrieved March 20, 2020. 

  • Outlets picked up by: The Guardian, National Interest, News 24, Today Outlets (Bay, Barrie, Bradford, Collingwood, Guelph, Halifax, Newsmarket, Timmons, Soo), Inverse, Orilla Matters, Winnipeg Free Press, Canadian Architect, IOL, The Citizen (South Africa), Inside Halton, Mississauga News, Brampton Guardian, Orangeville Banner, Halifax Chronical Herald…     

660 FM Morning Show – Live interview, working from home

770 FM Morning Show  - Live interview, working from home

UCalgary Covid-Cast (podcast) Episode 11: Crowded House,

ELMNT FM, Moment of Truth – Feature story with David Moses, 30 minutes segment: art and mental health,

Bored Panda – Interview on art and mental health, 2020,

CBC Homestretch - Interview live with Doug Dirks, hub learning, August 20, 2020

106.7 Red FM – Interview with Rishi Nagar, online learning, Friday August 23

CTV News at 6 – Interview, online learning, August 24, 2020,

CTV News at Noon – Interview about social empowerment on line, August 26, 2020,

CTV News at 6 – Interview about group learning and socially empowered learning online, August 26, 2020,

The Conversation - Brain Research Shows the Arts Promote Mental Health. The Conversation, retrieved June 9, 2020

  • Outlets picked up by: The Guardian, National Interest, Halifax Today, Halifax Chronical Herald, Journal Pioneer, Over Sixty, Today Outlets (Bay, Barrie, Bradford, Collingwood, Guelph, New Market, Soo, Timmons),  Cape Breton Post, Good Men Project, Orillia Matters, The Telegram, P.C. Inquirer, Big News Network, Newsify,…  

Doctoral Dissertation  

Martin, B.H. (2012) Has Telework Been Framed? The Influence of Framing Effects on the Telework Adoption Decision in Organizations, Doctoral Dissertation, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Peer Reviewed Conference Paper Presentations

Martin, B.H. (2020). Arts-based wellness in schools: Creating systematic change through shared social good, International Arts and Creativity in Education Converence, e-ACE, October 18-19, 2020. 

Martin, B.H., Johnston, D. & Holden, M. (2020). Arts Co-Curricular Enhancement: A postsecondary invitation to an arts-based life, International Arts and Creativity in Education Converence, e-ACE, October 18-19, 2020

Martin, B.H. (2019). Brain Smoothies in Schools: Building Mental Health Capacity Through a Daily Dose of Art, American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada, April 5-9 2019.

Martin, B.H. (2019). The Artistry of Innovation: Increasing Teacher’s Innovative Capacity and Innovative Efficacy, Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Vancouver, Canada, June 1-5, 2019.

Martin, B.H. (2019). Mixed-Methods Triage: Let’s Be Real About Academic Indoctrination, Diversity and Inclusion, Provoking Curriculum Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, March 15-17, 2019.

Martin, B.H. (2018). The Power to Engage: Effects of Co-Curricular Service-Learning in Teacher Education, European Conference on Educational Research, Bolzano, Italy, September 4-7, 2018.  

Martin, B.H. (2018). Enabling Artistic Teachers: Effects of Professional Learning for Artistry of Instructional Design, European Conference on Educational Research, Bolzano, Italy, September 4-7, 2018.  

Martin, B.H. (2018) Socially Empowered Learning Research Around the World: State of the Knowledge and Lessons from the Field, World Educational Research Association (WERA) 2018 World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, August 3-5, 2018.

Martin, B.H., Snook, B., and Buck, R. (2018). The Choreography of Learning and Artistry of Instructional Design When Teaching through Dance, 13thInternational Conference on the Arts in Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 27-29, 2018.

Muraki, E., Burbidge, G. & Martin, B.H. (2018). Developing engaged thinkers, ethical citizens and entrepreneurial spirit: Applying the socially empowered learning framework in community, 13th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 27-29, 2018.

Martin, B.H. (2018) Dismantling the Expert: Challenges and Tensions in Facilitating/Directing Performative Research Ensembles, American Educational Research Association, (AERA) 2018, New York, New York, United States, April 14-17, 2018

Martin, B.H. (2018) Research that Makes a Difference: Engaging the Community through the Newcomer Research Network, Metropolis Conference 2018, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, March 22-24, 2018.

Martin, B.H. & Egizzi, R. (2017). Healing Through the Arts: Arts-based Practices for Healing and Empowerment in Post-Trauma Contexts, World Alliance for Arts Education, Auckland, New Zealand, November 22-25, 2017.

Martin, B.H. (2017) Developing the Artistry of Instructional Design: Capacity Building to Increase Artistic Teacher Efficacy, European Educational Research Association European Conference on Educational Research, (ECER) 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 22-25, 2017.  

Snook, B. & Martin, B.H. (2017) Experiences of Dance Integration: An International, Duo-Ethnographic Jam, World Dance Alliance Global Summit, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada, July 23-28, 2017.

Lesko, A. & Martin, B.H. (2017). Non-traditional Professor's Playbook: How To Successfully Follow A Non-traditional Track OR Work With Professors That Do. Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, June 14-17, 2017.

Martin, B.H. (2017) Social Empowerment: The Evolution of a Model and Scale Design that Measures Arts Integration, Social Enterprise, and other Socially Empowered Learning, 12th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Paris, France, June 14-16, 2017.

Martin, B.H. (2016) The Artistry of Instructional Design: A New Model for Arts Teacher Efficacy, 6th Summit of the World Alliance for Arts Education, Hangzhou, China, December 3-6, 2016. 

Martin, B.H., Calvert, A.E., & Friesen, S. (2016). Student Intellectual Engagement and Socially Empowered Learning: An Effective Intervention for Disengaged Youth in Schools, American Educational Research Academy, Washington D.C. , April 8-12, 2016. 

Martin, B.H. (2016) Expert Learning: Students Learning Leadership Through Community-Engaged Service. Conference Program, Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, North Canton, Ohio, USA, June, 2016.

Martin, B.H. & Lee, L. (2016). Socially Empowered Learning and Service-Learning: Findings from a Novel Co-Curricular Program, Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning Conference, Calgary, Alberta, May 25-27, 2016.

Martin, B.H., Friesen, S., & Colp, M. Pedagogy in Crisis: The Connection Between Youth Anxiety, Intellectual Engagement, and a Promising Intervention. IDEAS Conference, Calgary, Alberta, May5-6, 2016. 

Martin, B.H. & Lee, L. (2015) Is Service-Learning Socially Empowered? Conference Program, International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Boston, November 16-18, 2015. 

Martin, B.H. & Calvert, A.C. (2015) Creating a State of Emergence-C: Benefits of an Arts Integrated Curriculum, Arts in Society Conference, London, England, July 22-24, 2015. 

Martin, B.H., & Calvert, A.E. (2015) Is Your Workplace Socially Empowered? Engagement and Attraction through the Arts, Social Enterprise, and Social Empowerment, Arts in Management Annual Conference, Marseille, France, June 26-July 5, 2015.

Martin, B.H., & Calvert, A.C. (2015) Socially Empowered Learning: Testing a New Model for Intellectual Engagement, Canadian Society for Study of Education, Congress, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 31-June 3, 2015. 

Martin, B.H., & Calvert, A.C. (2015) Is Your Teaching Socially Empowered? Research Informed Practices and Their Effects on the Three E’s, IDEAS Conference 2015, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, April 30-May 1, 2015.

Martin, B.H. (2014) Drawing Students into Learning with EASE: Engagement and Attraction through Social Empowerment. Conference Program, Southern Management Association, Savannah, Georgia, USA, November 11-15, 2014.

Martin, B.H. (2014). Arts Integration as Socially Empowered Learning: Research Proposal for the Effect of Arts Integration on Student Engagement in the Middle Years, Conference Program, 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), Melbourne, Australia, July 7-11, 2014.

Hambley, L. A., MacDonnell, R., Martin, B.H., O'Neill, T.A., & Wright-Schwietz, S. (2014). Workshift, Telework, Flexwork: The Psychology of Work Outside the Office, Conference Program, 29th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, May 15-17, 2014. 

Martin, B.H. (2014) Reaching Out and Drawing In: A Conceptual Framework for     Socially Empowered Learning and Student Engagement, Conference Proceedings, American Educational Research Academy, Philadelphia, PA, April 3-7, 2014.  

Martin, B.H. (2012) Unsticking the Status Quo: Strategic Framing Intervention Effects on the Organizational Bias Against Telework, Conference Proceedings, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 3-7, 2012. 

Martin, B.H. (2010) Changing Minds and the Status Quo: Understanding the Organizational Bias Against Telework. Conference Proceedings, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, May 2010. 

Martin, B.H. and MacDonnell, R. (2009) Is Telework Effective for Organizations? Meta-Analysis of the Perceptions on Telework and Organizational Outcomes. Conference Proceedings, Southern Management Association, Asheville, NC, USA, November 11-14, 2009. 

Non-Peer Reviewed (Double Blind) Presentations  

Martin, B.H., Johnston, D., & Holden, M. (2019). Promoting Arts Co-Curricular Enhancement (ACE): How Cross-Faculty Collaboration Transforms the Undergraduate Experience, Arts in Society Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, June 19-21, 2019.

Martin, B.H., & Dam, C. (2016) What Is Youth Leadership Education? A Review of Scholarly Research and Programs in Practice. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 3-6, 2016.

Martin, B.H. (2015) Is Service-Learning Socially Empowered? Measuring the Impact of People Helping People. Conference Program, Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January 5-8, 2015.

Martin, B.H. (2014) Pedagogy of the Socially Empowered: The Impact of Arts Integration on Student Engagement in the Middle Years, Conference Proceedings, Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January 5-8, 2014.

Martin, B.H. (2013) Why Aren’t the Arts in Business Schools? The Illegitimacy of the Arts Inside the Iron Cage, Conference Proceedings, Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January 5-8, 2013.

Professional Journal 

Martin, B. H. (2019). The ABCs of STEAM Culture: Establishing the Ground Rules for Risk-taking, Imagination, and Collaboration. CIRCE MAGAZINE: STEAM EDITION, 59-65.


Rozsa Foundation Gift 2013-2015   $162,500.00
SSHRC Score 4A & Enhancement Grant Award   $    1,000.00
Haskayne PhD Travel Grant 2010    $    1,500.00  
URGC Grant Award 2009   $    1,800.00
University of Calgary Doctoral Teaching Fellowship 2009   $    6,000.00
Haskayne PhD Travel Grant 2008    $    1,500.00
Graduate Research Scholarships (2006 - 2010)           $  59,056.00
Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards(2006 – 2010)   $  32,400.00
Margaret Messer Scholarship, 1996   $    1,000.00
Outstanding Paper Award Winner, Emerald Publishing 2013    
Myrtle McGee Prize Nominee, 1996    
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