Katy Campbell, PhD, MEd, BEd

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Womens & Gender Studies

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Professor, Faculty of Arts - Womens & Gender Studies
Assiniboia Hall
9137 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E7


Area of Study / Keywords

instructional design engagement scholarship gender and technology


Katy Campbell was born, raised and educated in Edmonton, and received her PhD (1994) in Instructional Studies from the University of Alberta. Her doctoral research involved a narrative study of a collaborative instructional design process as a socially transformative practice.

Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Extension (2009-2019), she has worked as an instructional designer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta (1983-93), as Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the State University of New York College at Geneseo (1993-95), and as a designer of distance programs at Keewatin Community College in Manitoba, Canada (1995-96). She is currently a Professor in Women's and Gender Studies.

A besotted grandmother, Katy lives at Ma-Me-O Beach with one husband, three dogs and two cats.


Dr. Campbell works with feminist narrative inquiry and autoethnography as method and artifact to understand instructional design practice and identity transformation from stories of practice of designers in higher education settings. She currently explores design meaning through the use of metaphors. She also collaborates with Dr. David Peacock on the research study "Institutionalizing University-Community Engagement: Sociocultural Impacts". The study explores the identity development of engaged and engagement actors (students, faculty, staff, leaders, community partners) and social and cultural dimensions of the theory and practice of university-engagement praxis in HE settings in Canada, Australia, the U.S., and the U.K.


Dr. Campbell teaches in, and accepts graduate students from, the Master of Arts in Communications and Technology (MACT), specializing in design (e.g. learning design, user-centred design), as well as from Media and Technology and Women's Studies, particularly those interested in narrative inquiry. She has worked with dozens of master and doctoral students from across the University of Alberta and at other institutions, including several in Malaysia, Australia, and the U.S.