Bio (Kathy Bishop)
Associate Professor and Program Head
Dr. Kathy Bishop is an Associate professor and the program head of the Master of Arts in Leadership program. She is passionate about teaching leadership and engaging in diverse approaches to research. Her research interests include creative and collaborative leadership, health and wellness, reflexivity and ethics and utilizing methodologies of a/r/tography (which includes theatre-based research and integrates being artist, researcher and educator) and action research for positive organizational change. She contends that different ways of doing and being can lead to collectively creating innovative solutions to local and global challenges.
Bishop joined Royal Roads in 2013 with more than 27 years of leadership experience spanning multi-disciplinary fields including counselling, social services, not for profit agencies, small business development and adult education. A scholar-practitioner with her own consulting business since 2000, Bishop has also been executive director for the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce and Woodwinds Community Support Society and worked as a registered social worker.
Bishop earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Leadership and Applied Theatre) from the University of Victoria (2015) and Bachelor of Social Work from the University of British Columbia (1986). She received the UVic Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship award 2012-13 and in 2013-14.