Lynn Bosetti


Office: EME 3153
Phone: 250.807.8903

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Leadership in Higher Education, Critical Policy Studies, Change Management, Emotional Labour and School Choice


Dr. Lynn Bosetti joined the University of British Columbia in September 2010 as Dean of Faculty of Education. Prior to her position she was tenured faculty at the University of Calgary in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies. During her term as Dean she established the Centre for Mindful Engagement and the Innovative Learning Centre. Bosetti is responsible for the $1.2 million donor gift of intellectual property of SMART to the Faculty of Education.

With more than half her career in a leadership role in university administration at University of Calgary, Dr. Bosetti has been Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education, Director of the Centre for Gifted Education, and Special Assistant to the Provost and Vice President (Academic).  She was a Visiting Scholar at University of Melbourne, University of Glasgow, Visiting Lecturer at University of Saskatchewan, and Visiting Fellow at St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge. Most recently Dr. Bosetti was a Professor and Dean of the School of Education in La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia.

Her research and teaching has focused on faith, identity and the common school, planning alternative futures for education, issues related to school choice, charter schools and more recently, university leadership in the new economy.   She has held SSHRC grants for projects related to Leadership in the New Economy and School Choice.

Her co-authored book published in 2016 by the University of Toronto Press, Understanding School Choice in Canada makes a significant and timely contribution to advancing discussion on educational choice.

In her spare time Dr. Bosetti is an avid Alpine skier and devoted Yogini.


MEd University of Alberta, PhD University of Alberta

Research Interests & Projects

Leadership in Higher Education,  emotional labor:, and managing change in higher education.

Selected Publications & Presentations


Bosetti, L & Gereluk, D (2016), Understanding School Choice in Canada, University of Toronto Press.

Bosetti, L, Webber, C & Johnson, F (eds) (1993), Partnerships in Education: Trends and Opportunities, University of Calgary.

Webber, C, Bosetti, L & Johnson, F (eds) (1992), Trends in Educational Leadership, University of Calgary.

Select Chapters

Van Pelt, D & Bosetti, L (2016), ‘What the US can learn from Canada’s experience with home schooling’, in R Box & N Buchanan (eds), School Choice: A Handbook for Researchers, Practitioners, Policy-Makers and Journalists, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.

Bosetti, L (2015), ‘Liminal spaces as contested sites in higher education’, in K Ragoonaden (ed.), Contested Sites in Higher Education, Peter Lang.

Bosetti, L & Cherkowski, S (2015), ‘Performativity in the academy: Negotiating ambition, desire the demands of femininity in academic life, in K Ragoonaden (ed.), Contested Sites in Higher Education, Peter Lang.

Pyryt, MC & Bosetti, L (2005), ‘Accommodating gifted learners in regular classrooms: Promises and pitfalls’, in C Smith (ed.), Including the Gifted and Talented, Routledge, Abington, Oxon, UK.

Bosetti, L & O’Reilly, R (2002), ‘Parameters for choice: Charter schools in Alberta’, in S Vegari (ed.), The Charter School Landscape, University of Pittsburg Press.

Bosetti, L (2001), ‘Can markets save our school? The Alberta Charter school experience’, in C Hepburn (ed.), Can Markets Save Our School? Fraser Institute.

Select Academic Article

Heffernan, T. & Bosetti, L. (under review). ‘University bullying and incivility towards faculty deans.’

Heffernan, T. & Bosetti, L. (in press). ‘The emotional labour and toll of managerial academica on higher education leaders.’ Journal of Educational Administration and History.

Allison, DJ, Van Pelt, DA, Hasan, S & Bosetti, L ( 2018), ‘Private schools in Canada and the USA: Contrasts and commonalities’, Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 19(11).

Bosetti, L & Van Pelt, DA (2017), ‘Provisions for home schooling in Canada: Parental rights and the role of the state’, Educação e Pesquisa. Pro-Posições, Brazil, 28(2).

Bosetti, L, Van Pelt, D & Alison, D (2017), ‘The changing landscape of school choice in Canada: From pluralism to parental preference?’ Education Policy Analysis Archives, 25(38): pp. 1-30 (doi

Bosetti, L & Butterfield, P (2016), ‘The politics of educational reform: The Alberta charter school experiment 20 years later’, Global Education Review, 3(2): pp. 1-40.

Bosetti, L & Van Pelt, D (2015), ‘A primer on charter schools’, The Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education, Vancouver, p. 80 (

Bosetti, L (2014), ‘The Alberta charter school experience 20 years later, Policy Digest, September issue.

Cherkowski, S & Bosetti, L (2014), ‘Behind the veil: Academic women negotiating demands of femininity’, Women’s Study International Forum, 45: pp. 19-26.

Bosetti, L & Walker, K (2010), ‘Out of their minds: Perspectives of UK vice chancellors on leading universities in a knowledge-based economy’, Higher Education Quarterly, 63(3): pp. 1-23.

Selected Grants & Awards

  • La Trobe University Customer Service Champion Award, 2018
  • Best Book Award (Understanding School Choice), Canadian Assoc. of Foundations of Education, 2017
  • Halvar Jonson Award, The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools, 2011
  • Graduate Supervisor Award, 2005
  • Women of Excellence Award, University of Calgary, 1995
  • Award of Merit for High Scholastic Achievement, UoA, 1980

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

  • Global Education Law Forum (GELF), Scientific Committee (Netherlands), 2015–Present
  • Senior Reseach Fellow, Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education, 2015-2019
  • ENSO Society for Contemplative Engagement (President), 2014–2016
  • Dalia Lama Center for Peace & Education, Planning Committee for visit of His Holiness, 2013–2014
  • BC TRB Disciplinary Hearing Panel, 2013–2014
  • BC Teachers’ Council, Teachers’ Regulation Board (TRB), 2012–2014
  • Canadian Center for the Study of Higher Education, Board of Directors, 2006–2008
  • Advisory Board for Development of a B.Ed., Alliance & Nazarene University Colleges, 2006–2010


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