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Catherine Etmanski

Catherine Etmanski


Associate Professor


Leadership Studies


Catherine Etmanski is passionate about social and environmental justice, and seeks to incorporate creative elements – such as photography, poetry, zines, storytelling, Métissage and fabric arts – into her research and online or face-to-face teaching. She has published in areas related to environmental praxis, teaching participatory research, and the use of art-based methods in promoting dialogue and democracy. She is currently co-editing a book on learning and teaching community-based research (University of Toronto Press).


Before joining Royal Roads in 2012, Etmanski was an instructor of leadership (Faculty of Education) and community development (School of Public Administration) at the University of Victoria. Her primary areas of teaching included arts-based research, learning and community development; environmental leadership; and action-oriented, participatory approaches to research. She was also a research associate with UVic’s Office of Community Based Research, where she was responsible for cross-campus outreach and education.


Etmanski earned her PhD in leadership studies from UVic, her Master of Arts in community and international development planning from the University of British Columbia and her BA in linguistics from Simon Fraser University. In 2012, she won the Excellence in Teaching for Sessional Lecturers Award from UVic’s Faculty of Education.