Ken Brien

Ken Brien

Associate Professor
Educational Administration and Leadership
Phone: (506) 452-6213
Fax: (506) 453-3569
Office: Room 204, Marshal d’Avray Hall
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Education summary:

Doctor of Education, University of Alberta, 2004
Master of Education, University of New Brunswick, 1993
Bachelor of Education, University of Western Ontario, 1983
Bachelors of Arts, University of Western Ontario, 1982

Key area(s) of interest/expertise:

Educational law, policy, governance
Professional learning communities
Roles of principals and vice-principals
Parental involvement in education

Classroom/practicum teaching summary:


ED 3051 School Law and Organization
ED 5070 Cultural Contexts of Education
ED 6003 Administrative Theory 1
ED 6007 Legal Aspects of Education
ED 6011 Educational Theory and School Administration
ED 6012 Politics and Policy in Educational Administration
ED 6014 Secondary School Administration

Practicum/Professional mentoring:

Supervision of 5 B.Ed. internship students.
Supervision of 9 Ph.D. students and 2 M.Ed. thesis route students.
Supervision of approximately 100 course route M.Ed. students each year.

Professional practice, committees, volunteer work summary:

Ontario Teacher's Certificate (1983 – present)
Past President, Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (CASEA) (2016 - present)
President, Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) (2014 - present)

Selected Publications

Brien, K. (2017). [Review of the book A decade of research on school principals]. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 17(1), 166 – 170.

Drukpa, K., & Brien, K. (2013). Educating for Gross National Happiness: A new paradigm for education in Bhutan. Antistasis, 3(2), 11 – 15. Available at

 Williams, R., Brien, K., & LeBlanc, J. (2012). Transforming schools into learning organizations: Supports and barriers to educational reform. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 174, 1 – 32. Available at

 Brien, K. (2010). Videoconference teaching for graduate courses in educational administration. In Collected essays in learning and teaching (Vol. III) (pp. 38 – 42). Toronto, ON: Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Available at

 Brien, K., & Williams, R. (2010). Promoting organizational and cultural change in New Brunswick schools. Antistasis: A New Brunswick Education Journal, 1(1), 3 – 5. Available at

 Broster, R., & Brien, K. (2010). Cyber-bullying of educators by students: Evolving legal and policy developments. Education & Law Journal, 20, 35 – 61.

 Brien, K., & Stelmach, B. L. (2009). Legal and cultural contexts of parent-teacher interactions: School councils in Canada. International Journal about Parents in Education, 3(1), 1 – 14. Available fat

 Williams, R. B., Brien, K., Sprague, C., & Sullivan, G. (2008). Professional learning communities: Developing a school-based readiness instrument. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 74, 1 – 17. Available at