Bio (Catherine Etmanski)

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Catherine Etmanski




Leadership Studies


Catherine Etmanski is passionate about social and environmental justice, and seeks to incorporate creative elements into her research and online or face-to-face teaching. Her primary research interests include the use of arts-based methods in promoting dialogue and democracy as well as the leadership and learning potential of food-related movements worldwide, as demonstrated in her 2017 book Food Leadership: Leadership and Adult Learning in Global Food Systems Transformation. Etmanski joined the School of Leadership in 2012 and became First Residency Term Program Head for the MA-Leadership. She has made significant contributions to the development of the Master’s of Global Leadership and led the design of a proposed Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership for Sustainability. She stepped in to serve as Acting School Director in April of 2016 and became the Director of the School of Leadership Studies in 2017.

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Before joining Royal Roads, 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. She has facilitated numerous community-based initiatives and has been involved with non-profit organizations such as Canadian Crossroads International, Martha Farrell Foundation Canada, the Institute for Child Rights and Development, and the Community Social Planning Council as a board member or volunteer. She has worked, studied, and lived internationally in such countries as: India, Botswana, the Czech Republic, Fiji, and Japan.


Etmanski earned her PhD in Leadership Studies with a focus on adult education from the University of Victoria, her Master of Arts in Community and International Development from the University of British Columbia, her BA in Linguistics and a certificate in teaching English as a second language from Simon Fraser University. In 2012, she won the Excellence in Teaching for Sessional Lecturers Award from the University of Victoria's Faculty of Education.

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