Brigitte Harris appointed dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences

April 3, 2017
Brigitte Harris

Royal Roads University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brigitte Harris to the position of dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, effective April 1, 2017.

Harris is an experienced leadership educator with a passion for providing relevant and engaging learning experiences for adult learners. Her research interests include qualitative research methods, particularly narrative inquiry and arts-based research, learning and teaching in higher education, workplace and professional education, and leadership in healthcare settings.

“Dr. Harris’s expertise and vision for learning, teaching and research at Royal Roads University is a tremendous asset,” says Dr. Steve Grundy, vice-president academic and provost. “Her contributions have already enriched our programs and student experience, and we look forward to more great things under her leadership in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences.”

Harris has extensive experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching, program evaluation and course and program design. After completing her PhD, she developed and taught graduate courses in adult teaching and learning, integrated studies, research methods, curriculum design, evaluation, reflective practice and writing instruction at Brock University. During this time, she worked on several research projects examining leadership and organizational change. Harris’s teaching and research experience is complemented by her work with the B.C. government, which included research, evaluation, stakeholder consultation and engagement strategies for organizational transformation.

Harris began teaching at Royal Roads University in the School of Leadership Studies in 2001, was appointed associate professor in 2011 and school director in 2012. She has served as acting dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences since April 2016.

Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Guelph, a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Concordia University and a PhD in Education from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education).