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Dr. Tamara Leary

Dr. Tamara Leary


Associate Professor


Education and Technology


A self-described pracademic, Dr. Tamara Leary values her many years as a student services practitioner and uses this experience to inform her teaching and research. Leary’s areas of expertise and research interests include: student services, student development, adult education, program development and assessment, student recruitment and retention, higher education administration and leadership, strategic enrolment management, and international student supports.


Building on her early career as a social worker, Leary joined the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Department of Student Services in 1999 as a program coordinator for an inclusive post-secondary education program. In over 12 years at UPEI, she held a variety of leadership roles in the department, including the director’s role from 2007 to 2012. Tamara left UPEI for a contract faculty position with Memorial University of Newfoundland and taught full time from 2012 to August 2015 in the online Master of Post-Secondary Education program.

Leary joined Academica Group Inc. in December 2012 as a senior consultant. Her work with Academica Group included leading or co-leading projects such as student affairs review, marketing and communications reviews/planning, academic advising review/planning and strategic enrolment planning and workshops/training.

Leary has held regional and national executive member positions with the Canadian Association for College and University Student Services (AACUSS) (2005 – 2007) and the Atlantic Association for College and University Student Services (2005 – 2011). She was recognized by her regional and national colleagues with these awards: Carol’s Creed (2014), Award of Merit (2012), AACUSS Research Grant (2012), Dr. Richard Papenhausen Award for New Professionals (2005), Canadian Institute for Student Affairs and Services Bursary (2005) and the AACUSS Special Projects Grant (2001).


Leary holds a Doctorate of Education with a specialization in higher education administration and leadership from the University of Calgary, a Masters of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University (2002), a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria (1995) and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology Major) from the University of Prince Edward Island (1990).