Bio (Kathy Bishop)

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Kathy Bishop


Associate Professor and Program Head




Dr. Kathy Bishop is an associate professor in the School of Leadership Studies. She is passionate about teaching leadership and engaging in diverse approaches to research. Her work focusses on values-based leadership, organizational culture change and creativity. She utilizes a variety of creative, experiential, participatory, nature-based and transformative learning methods. She has published on topics such as collaborative leadership, ethics, identity through performance, theatre-based research and action research. Bishop contends that different ways of knowing, 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. She is the program head for the MA Leadership (spring) and Graduate Certificate in Values-Based Leadership.


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.