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 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 the Faculty of Extension.
From the perspective of design thinking, Dr. Campbell works with narrative and autoethnography as method and artifact to understand the design process from stories of practice of designers in higher education settings. She currently explores design meaning through the use of metaphors.
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). She has worked with dozens of master and doctoral students from across the University of Alberta and at other institutions, including several in the U.S., Malaysia, and Australia.