Tamara Leary

Associate professor

Education & Technology programs

Dr. Tamara Leary joined RRU in the fall of 2015 as the Program Head for MAHEAL and in 2018 she accepted the appointment of School Director for the School of Education and Technology.  She teaches in the MAHEAL program and draws upon her many years as a leader and practitioner in student affairs to offer students an engaging curriculum and learning experience.  Leary’s areas of expertise and research interests include student affairs, higher education administration and leadership, faculty unions, and the student experience.


During her 12-year tenure with UPEI, Tamara held a variety of leadership roles in Student Services, including the director’s role from 2007 to 2012. Tamara has been a contract faculty in Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Master of Post-Secondary Education program and the University of Manitoba’s Center for Higher Education Research and Development program. Tamara has worked as a senior consultant with Academica and as an independent consultant within the higher education sector.


Doctorate of Education (Higher Education Administration and Leadership)

University of Calgary

Masters of Adult Education

St. Francis Xavier University

Bachelor of Social Work

University of Victoria

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology Major)

University of Prince Edward Island


Leary, T.A. (In press) The Perfect Imposter Storm: From Knowing Something to Knowing Nothing, in M. Breeze and Y. Taylor Imposterism in Higher Education, Palgrave Publishing.

Leary T.A. (2020). Review of the book. Postsecondary Education in British Columbia by R. Cowin, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. Canadian Journal of Higher Education

Leary, T.A. (2018). Review of the book Assessment Strategies for Online Learning: Engagement and Authenticity by D. Conrad & J. Openo, Edmonton: Athabasca University Press. Canadian Journal of Higher Education

Leary T.A. (2017). Review of the book Handbook of Canadian Higher Education Law by Shanahan, T., Nilson, M., & Broshko, L.J.  (Eds.) (2015). Canadian Journal of Higher Education.

Leary, T.A., Hotchkiss, K. & Robb, A. (2017). International Students. In D. Hardy-Cox and C. Strange (Eds.), Achieving Student Success: Effective Student Services in Canadian Higher Education, Vol, 2. Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press.

Shea, R., Gormley, B., Clarke, A., & Leary, T. (2017).   Professional Development for Student Affairs and Services Staff:  A Role of Professional Associations to Support Student Services Providers. In Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education (2017) by K. Osfield, B. Perozzi, L. Bardill Moscaritolo, R. Shea, and Associates.