SET welcomes Dr. Tamara Leary


The School of Education and Technology looks forward to the arrival of new core faculty member, Dr. Tamara Leary, in October 2015.

As a self-described pracademic, Tamara values her many years as a student services practitioner and uses this experience to inform her teaching and research as a new academic. Building on her early career as a social worker, Tamara joined the University of Prince Edward Island Department of Student Services in 1999 as a Program Coordinator for an inclusive post-secondary education program. Over the 12 years of her tenure at UPEI, she assumed a variety of leadership roles within the Department including the director’s role from 2007 to 2012. Tamara left her administrative role in January 2012 to assume a contract faculty position with Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). She taught full time for MUN between January 2012 through to August 2015 in the online Master of Post-Secondary Education program.

Tamara joined Academica Group Inc. in December 2012 as a senior consultant. Her work with Academica Group has included leading or co-leading a variety of projects: student affair reviews, market and communications review and planning, academic advising review and planning and strategic enrolment planning and workshops/training.

Tamara has held regional and national executive member positions with the Canadian Association for College and University Student Services from 2005 – 2007 and the Atlantic Association for College and University Student Services from 2005 – 2011. She was recognized by her regional and national colleagues with the following awards: Carol’s Creed, (2014), Award of Merit (2012), AACUSS Research Grant (2012), Dr. Richard Papenhausen Award for New Professionals (2005), Canadian Institute for Student Affairs and Services Bursary (2005) and the AACUSS Special Projects Grant (2001).

Tamara's areas of expertise and research interests include student services, student development, adult education, program development and assessment, student recruitment and retention, higher education administration and leadership, strategic enrolment management and international student supports.

Tamara holds an Doctorate of Education in higher education administration and leadership from the University of Calgary, a Master of Education from St. Francis Xavier University, a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of PEI.