Robin Mueller

Program head, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration & Leadership

Associate professor

Education & Technology programs
Portrait of Robin Mueller

Dr. Robin Mueller joined Royal Roads University in the summer of 2022 as the program head for the Master of Arts in Higher Education Education Administration and Leadership. She also teaches in the program, drawing on decades of experience in the higher education sector to inform her teaching practice.

Robin’s areas of expertise and research interests include higher education leadership, the scholarship of teaching and learning, decolonizing higher education and strategic planning for social justice outcomes. 


Robin worked for more than a decade in various student services roles at the University of Saskatchewan.  During her time there, she helped to develop and implement one of Canada’s first “one stop” student service hubs, participated as an early implementer of community service learning in several credit courses, and initiated many innovations in the area of supporting student transitions to university. 

Following the completion of her PhD, Robin then served as a tenured faculty member at the University of Calgary’s Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. There her work centered around building capacity for excellence in teaching and learning practices across campus.

Robin has also worked as a consultant in higher education, where she had the opportunity to apply her passion for developing planning frameworks in a post-secondary context.    


PhD, Educational Administration

University of Saskatchewan

Masters, Adult and Continuing Education

University of Saskatchewan

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theater Performance)

University of Saskatchewan


Mueller, R., Fedoruk, L., Mikita, K., Godley, J., & McDougall, L. (2022). Embedding ethics in institutional SoTL practices: The power of collaboration (pp. 65-78). Fedoruk, L. (Ed), Ethics and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Springer. 

Taylor, L., Kenny, N., Mueller, R., & Perrault, E. (2021). Building integrated networks to develop teaching and learning: The critical role of hubs. International Journal of Academic Development. DOI: 10.1080/1360144X.2021.1899931 

Mueller, R. (2019). Episodic narrative interviews: Capturing stories of experience with a methodological fusion. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 

Fields, J., Kenny, N. A., & Mueller, R. (2019). Conceptualizing educational leadership in an academic development program. International Journal of Academic Development. DOI: 10.1080/1360144X.2019.1570211

Jeffs, C., Berenson, C., Dyjur, P., Grant, K. A., Kalu, F., Kenny, N., Mikata, K., Mueller, R., & Nowell, L. (2019). Writing within an academic microculture: Making our practices visible. In N. Simmons (Ed), Collaborative Critical Communities (pp. 171-185). Boston: Brill Sense.     

Mueller, R. (2019). Meaningful grading: A guide for faculty in the arts (book review). International Journal for Academic Development, 24(1), 91-92. DOI: 10.1080/1360144X.2018.1552409

Mueller, R. (2018). Ensuring design alignment in SoTL inquiry: Merging research purpose and methods. In N. Chick (Ed.), SoTL in Action: Illuminating Critical Moments of Practice (pp. 53-61). Sterling, VA: Stylus.  

Mueller, R., & Bair, H. (2018). Deconstructing the notion of ePortfolio as a ‘high impact practice’: A self-study and comparative analysis. Canadian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9(3). 

Mueller, R., & Schroeder, M. (2018). From seeing to doing: Examining the impact of non-evaluative classroom observation on teaching development. Innovative Higher Education, 

Kalu, F., Dyjur, P., Berenson, C., Grant, K. A., Jeffs, C., Kenny, N., & Mueller, R. (2018). Seven voices, seven developers, seven one things that guide our practice. To Improve the Academy, 37(1), 111-127. DOI:10.1002/tia2.20066

Mueller, R. (2016). Change and improvement in post-secondary education. In D. Burgess, & P. Newton (Eds), The Best Available Evidence: Wise Decision-making for Educational Improvement (pp. 129-146). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.  

Mueller, R. (2015). Critical realism. In D. Burgess, & P. Newton (Eds), Educational Administration and Leadership: Theoretical Foundations (pp. 135-154). New York: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-13-882576-5

Mueller, R. (2015). Do values drive the plan?  Investigating the nature and role of organizational values in university strategic planning. Tertiary Education and Management, 21(1). DOI: 10.1080/13583883.2014.998270

Mueller, R. (2013). A general model of organizational values in educational administration. Educational Management, Administration and Leadership. DOI: 10.1177/1741143213510504

Mueller, R. (2011). Seeking election: Evaluating a campaign for public school board trusteeship. Canadian Journal of Education, 34(3), 213-228.   

Mueller, R. Steeves, L., Carr-Stewart, S., & Marshall, J. (2011). Teacher recruitment and retention in select First Nations schools. In Education, 17(3).