Wendy Rowe


Leadership Studies

Dr. Wendy Rowe is a professor and a scholar-practitioner at Royal Roads University. She teaches in the School of Leadership and was the founder of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership program. She is committed to promoting leadership development and enhanced management effectiveness across global systems. Dr. Rowe serves as a teacher, mentor, and researcher to promote change that builds strategic partnerships, enhances communication and trust, breaks down institutional barriers, creates a healthier work environment and promotes community social development and economic sustainability. Her areas of research are in areas of social change, system reframing, action research methodology, evaluation planning and methodology, and strategic partnership engagement as well as personal and organizational resiliency, thriving and leadership.

Rowe holds several certificates, including:

  • Certified Administrator, Global Competency Inventor (2018) 
  • Credentialed Evaluator, Canadian Evaluation Society (2012)
  • Certified Administrator, MBTI (Psychometrics, (2009)
  • Certified Executive Coach, Graduate Certificate (RRU, 2006)
  • Certified Administrator – EQ in Action Profile (2007)
  • Learning Facilitation Certificate (RRU, 2006)
  • Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) (RRU, 2005)


Dr. Rowe has worked extensively as an educator and researcher across Canada and United States, in addition to various international locations including India, China, New Zealand, Australia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Kenya, supporting leadership and efficacy of programs in the not for profit sector. In her professional practice, Dr. Rowe has conducted over 150 evaluations of human service, justice system and educational programs, generating multiple grey literature NGO and government reports. Additionally, she has published in a variety of academic and practitioner sources.

Memberships and Committees
  • International Leadership Association (ILA)
  • International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS)
  • Canadian Evaluation Society
  • VP, National Council (July 31, 2011- July 2013)
  • President BC/Yukon Chapter (February 2008 – September 2011)
  • American Evaluation Association (AEA)
  • Western Academy of Management (WAM)


PhD in Human and Organizational Systems

Fielding Graduate University, California

Master of Arts in Organizational Development

Santa Barbara, California

Master of Business Administration

Western Washington University

Master of Arts in Psychology

Simon Fraser University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Simon Fraser University


Piggot-Irvine, E, Ferkins, L., & Rowe, W. (2020). Leadership within action research: Surfacing the collective nature of leadership. System Research and Behavioral Science.  DOI:10.1002/sres.2732 (Publication status. Article accepted on 8 July, 2020)

Rowe, W., & Krause, W. (2020).  University-based leadership education for professionals

Working in the globalized context, Chapter 6. In G. Perruci (Ed.) The Study and Practice of Global Leadership.  Vol 1, ILA Building Leadership Bridges (BLB) Series on Global Leadership. Emerald Group Publishing  (in press)

Piggot-Irvine, E., Rowe, W., & Ferkins, L. (2019). Thumbs up for action research in case studies from the Evaluative Study of Action Research. ALARA Monograph Series, 7. https://www.alarassociation.org/?q=publications/alara-monograph-series/monographs

Rowe, W., Krause, W., Hayes, G., Lisa Corak, L., Wilcox, R.S., Vargas, R.  Varela, F.,  F.,Cordova, F., Boparai, S., Azam, G. (2018).  Canadian global leadership students engaged in strategic partnerships in Ecuador. Advances in Global Leadership, 11, 281-311.

Sankaran, S. Rowe, W. & Cady, P. (2017). Developmental progress in conducting action research. Systems research and behavioral science. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. 34(5), 609–617.

Vargas R., Bangeppagari, M., Darwin, Ortiz1, Mariadoss, S, & Rowe, W.  (2016) Mutual vulnerability: Case U.S. – Colombia – Mexico – Ecuador. Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 21(10), 41-45

Rowe, W., Graf, M., Harris, B. & Rogers, S. (2016) Computer-mediated and group supervision of student capstone projects: Enhancing the learning experience.  In, S. Grundy, D. Hamilton, & N. Agger-Gupta (Eds.), The learning and teaching model series. Victoria, BC: Royal Roads University.

Piggot-Irvine, E. Rowe, W., & Ferkins, L (2015). Conceptualizing indicator domains for evaluating action research. Educational Action Research, DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2015.1042984

Rowe, W., Etmanski, C., & Heykook, C. (2015). A masters degree in global leadership: A Story of development.  In F. W. Ngunjiri. and S. Madeson (Eds), Developing women as global leaders. International Leadership Association (ILA) & Information Age Publishing, Inc. (IAP). 

Rowe, W. (2014). Positionality. In  D. Coghlan, & M. Brydon-Miller, M. (eds.). Encyclopedia of action research (628-229).: Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA. 

Rowe, W. E., Graf, M., Agger-Gupta, N., Piggot-Irvine, E., Harris, B. (2013). Action research engagement: Creating the foundations for organizational change [Monograph]. Action Research Action Learning Association, 5, 1-46.

Walinga, J., & Rowe, W. (2013). Transforming stress in complex work environments: Exploring the capabilities of middle managers in the public sector.  International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 6(1), 66 – 88.

Rowe, W. E.  (2002). Personal growth and transformation: Beyond the embrace of interpersonal conflict. (Doctoral dissertation) Retrieved from Proquest. http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pqdiss&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:dissertation&rft_dat=xri:pqdiss:3040954 UMI No. 3040954.

Rowe, W., & Trahan, M. (2002). Strategies for evaluating small juvenile justice programs. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/abstractdb/AbstractDBDetails.aspx?id=196057

David S.,  Heath G., Rowe, W., & Jacobs, J. (2000).  Fighting juvenile gun violence. Juvenile Justice Bulletin, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved from https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/182679.pdf.  

Rowe, W. E., & Jacobs, N. F. (1999). Facilitating development of organizational productive capacity: A role for empowerment evaluation. [Special Issue]. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 69-92.

Rowe, W. E., & Jacobs, N. F.  (1998). Principles and practices of organizationally integrated evaluation. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation., 13(1), 115-138.

Rowe, W. E. (1997). Changing norms and behaviors: A Native American community commitment to wellness. Evaluation and Program Planning, 20(3), 323-333.

Sheppard, D., Grant, H., Rowe, W., & Jacobs, N. (2000). Fighting juvenile gun violence. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/182679.pdf

Schram, D. D., Milloy, C. D., & Rowe, W. E. (1991). Juvenile sex offenders: A follow-up study of reoffense behavior. Olympia, WA: Washington State Institute for Public Policy  Retrieved from http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=156582