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

Recent Journal Articles

Bosetti, L. (2022). Fit for purpose – Leading universities in the knowledge economy: An interview with Lynn Bosetti. Journal of Higher  Education Policy and Leadership Studies, 3(3), 133-145. DOI:

Bosetti, L. & Heffernan, T. (2021). The emotional and personal toll of higher education leadership.  Special issue Journal of Educational Administration and History 53(2).

Bosetti, L. & Heffernan, T. (2021). Diminishing hope and utopian thinking: Faculty leadership under neoliberal regime. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 53(2): 106-120.

Heffernan, T., Eacott, S. & Bosetti, L. (2021). Higher education leadership and context: A study of university vice-chancellors and presidents. International Journal of Education Management

Heffernan, T. & Bosetti, L. (2021). Incivility: The new type of bullying in higher education.  Cambridge Journal of Education.

Heffernan, T. & Bosetti, L. (2020). ‘The emotional labour and toll of managerial academia on higher education leaders.’   Journal of Educational Administration and History.

Heffernan, T. & Bosetti, L. (2020). ‘ University bullying and incivility towards faculty deans. ‘International Journal of Leadership in Education. doi=10.1080/13603124.2020.1850870

 Recent Book Chapters

Heffernan, T., Macauley, L., & Bosetti, (2022). What’s research got to do with it? Middle leadership in the modern university. In S. Chitpin and R. White (Eds.). Leading under Pressure: Educational Leadership in Neoliberal Times. Emerald

Other recent publications

Betts M. & Bosetti, L. (2021).  What does it take to change higher education culture for good?  Campus Review, June 16, 2021.

Betts, M. & Bosetti, L. (2021). Change agents:  How leaders cope with incivility by academics.  Campus Review, 31(7).

Bosetti. L. & Heffernan, T (2021). Why universities must act on the rise of a new kind of bullying: incivility. The Conversation, June,

Bosetti, L. (2021). Incivility is the new bullying in higher education. Hostile exchanges are quickly coming to the forefront of issues confronting human resources departments.University Affairs, September 20, 2021.

Bosetti, L. (2021) How leaders cope with incivility. HEDx: The Higher Education Experience.  Episode29, June 10, 2021 PODCAST (30 min).

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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