Shelleyann Scott

Dr. Shelleyann Scott, PhD

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.220.5694


Office: EDT938


Educational Background

PhD Education, Curtin University, Australia, 2002

MEd (thesis) Education, Curtin University, Australia, 1997

Bachelor of Applied Science Human Biology/Multidisciplinary Science (Chemistry/Physics), Edith Cowan University, Australia, 1993


Dr. Shelleyann Scott is a Professor in Leadership, Policy & Governance specialisation in the Werklund School of Education.  She has held numerous leadership roles within the university context including most recently the Associate Dean, Professional and Community Engagement and Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2007, Shelley was the Director and Coordinator of Teaching and Learning at Curtin University's Business School, the largest business school in Australia at that time. Shelley has experience in education, government, and business contexts. Her work experience encompasses leadership in an education district office, high school teaching, medical technology, and business consultancy. She has extensive experience as a professional developer and a quality assurance auditor in: Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Scott is a member of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Canadian Association for Studies in Educational Administration. Shelley served as Vice President, President, and Past President of CASEA. Her memberships have also included American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society, (BELMAS).


Areas of Research

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Scott’s research interests include capacity building for leaders, individuals, and organisational reputation and effectiveness; leadership development; professional development; instructional strategies; and trends and issues in student assessment. Drs. Shelleyann and Donald E. Scott established the International Study of Leadership Development in Higher Education (ISLDHE) which encompasses research partners in Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, New Zealand, Poland, Turkey, and Cyprus. This scholarly collective is exploring the the availability and effectiveness of leadership preparation and development programs and experiences focusing on varied levels of leadership in higher education, for example, Associate Deans, Department Heads/Chairs, Deans, Provosts/ProVice Chancellors/Presidents.  Shelleyann is also a long time member of the International Study of Principal Preparation (ISPP) - an established international scholarly collective aimed at exploring the effectiveness of principals’ leadership development across different cultural contexts. 

  • Educational administration and leadership
  • Higher education administration and leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Capacity building of individuals and organizations
  • Professional development

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
EDER 619.12 Leading an Evidence-Informed Learning Culture Winter 2022
EDER 604 Collaboratory of Practice Winter 2022


Current Projects

International Study of Leadership Development in Higher Education (ISLDHE)

This project, “Re-Imagining and innovating Leadership Development and Leadership Theory: Promoting University leadership, Change Agency, and Job Satisfaction”, was awarded a SSHRC grant in 2021 ($84,442).


  • The Walter D Neal Award for Excellence in Educational Research (Doctoral Research), 2002
  • Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend (APAWS) scholarship for Doctoral studies, 1998
  • Western Australian Institute of Educational Research (WAIER) Award for Postgraduate Research, 1998
  • Australian College of Education Prize for Excellence in Pre-service Teacher Education, 1994
  • Member of the Vice-Chancellors List, 1994