Amy Burns

Associate Dean Undergraduate Program

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Calgary

Master of Arts

University of Calgary

Bachelor of Education

University of Lethbridge

Bachelor of Fine Arts

University of Lethbridge

Contact information


Office: 403.220.3625


Main Campus : EDT230

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Case study research
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Educational administration and leadership
  • Educational policy
  • Female leadership
  • Feminist theory/research
  • Leadership development
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Poststructural Feminist Theory
  • Teacher education

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Burns’ research is focused on two distinct yet interconnected topics. In this work she explores the narrative lifeworlds of both preservice and in-service teachers as well as women in leadership both in K-12 and postsecondary. Her most recent work examines the ways in which female postsecondary leaders conceptualize their experiences within the academy. Dr. Burns is also interested in the ways in which preservice teachers conceptualize their roles as teacher leaders and the government policy narratives that shape leadership within K-12 and postsecondary education. Her work has been published in education, student affairs and leadership journals journals.

Current Projects;

  • Strengths-based teaching: The role of StrengthsQuest for postsecondary students in teaching roles, University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grant
  • Field Experience Assessment and Teaching Quality Standards, Alberta Education


Dr. Burns has been a public school teacher and leader in various school divisions across Alberta since convocating with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge in 1996. In 2001, she completed her MA in Educational Leadership and in 2008 her PhD in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Calgary. In 2014, Dr. Burns joined the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary where she acts as the Director of Field Experience and then was appointed Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in Education in 2018. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses and is the co-creator and academic coordinator for the Leading with Heart certificate in the Interdisciplinary Master of Education program.


  • Eaton, S.E. & Burns, A. (Eds.). (2020). Women Negotiating Life in the Academy – A Canadian Perspective. Toronto, ON: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-3114-9
  • Burns, A. & Mitchell-Pellett, M-A. (Eds.). (2020). Leading with heart: Enacting self-care, collective care and justice. Burlington, ON: Word and Deed Publishing. ISBN: 978-199-94224-6-2
  • Burns, A. (2020). Bringing my past into my future as a woman in the academy. In S.E. Eaton & A. Burns (Eds.), Women Negotiating Life in the Academy – A Canadian Perspective. (pp. 3-14). Toronto, ON: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-3114-9
  • Burns, A., Danyluk, P., Kapoyannis, T., & Kendrick, A. (2020). Leading the pandemic practicum: One teacher education response to the COVID-19 crisis. International Journal of E-Learning and Distance Education, 35(2), 1-25.
  • Burns, A. (2019). Non-traditional student teaching: Creating future leaders through disruption. International Studies in Educational Administration, 47(2), 58-72.



  • 2018 - Awarded, Werklund School of Education Excellence in Service Award Werklund School of Education
  • 2017 - Awarded, Werklund School of Education Excellence in Teaching Award Werklund School of Education