BU professor honoured with national award

August 1, 2018

A member of Brandon University’s Faculty of Education has been lauded for her unique look at the development of leadership.

Black and white head shot of Farrell standing in front of a brick wall and smiling as she looks up and to her right

Dr. Alysha Farrell is the 2018 winner of the T.B. Greenfield Dissertation Award.

Dr. Alysha Farrell, an Assistant Professor in BU’s Department of Leadership and Education, is the 2018 recipient of the T.B. Greenfield Dissertation Award. The award, presented annually by the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration, recognizes an outstanding PhD dissertation. Farrell completed her PhD at the University of Manitoba.

“I am incredibly honored to have won a T.B. Greenfield Dissertation award from the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration,” Farrell said. “I remember being introduced to Greenfield’s work early in my Ph. D. program. Greenfield challenges us to look for escape routes beyond the dominant managerial language in educational administration. In my doctoral thesis, I take up Greenfield’s challenge but I locate the centre of my inquiry inside the psychic inheritances that obstruct one’s escape routes.”

Farrell joined BU in 2015, and she says the Greenfield award has inspired her to continue her development as an educator and a researcher.

“I am very excited to be an Assistant Professor at Brandon University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. BU is a place where I know I will be able to grow and to contribute as a new researcher.”

Farrell’s dissertation was based on her arts-based inquiry into leaders and how they are shaped by their formative relationships. Her dissertation included the writing and analysis of a three-act play called Sincere Liars.

Farrell’s award-winning work was recently featured by the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Education.