Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

John Churchley

John Churchley

John Churchley

Name: Dr. John Churchley
Position: Principal Lecturer
Phone: 250-371-5664


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My career path has allowed me to combine my passion for the arts and my inclination towards leadership. I am a musician; I sing and play trumpet and ukulele. I also attempt to play piano and golf.

I also work as a faculty member of Open Learning, teaching graduate courses in the Master of Education program.

Research Interests

aesthetic experiences
organizational aesthetics
leadership development for school leaders and school district leaders
human resources management
applications of activity theory in education


2009 Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership) University of Nottingham
Thesis: Aesthetic experiences at an arts school: A practitioner research inquiry

1988 Master of Arts (Music Education) University of Victoria
Thesis: A formal axiomatic philosophy of music education

1984 Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music & Mathematics) University of Victoria


Book Chapters
Churchley, J.F. (2013) Relational Acumen. with Neufeld, P. and Purvey, D. in Slater, C.L.; Nelson, S. (Eds.) Understanding the Principalship: An International Guide to Principal Preparation Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Churchley, J.F. (2010) Capturing the plaid moment: The use of practitioner research and student researchers in researching experiences with the arts. in Thomson, P; Sefton-Green, J. (Eds.) Researching Creative Learning London: Routledge.

Churchley, J.F. (2015) Developing Leadership Literacy: A University-School District Partnership. with Neufeld, P., Purvey, D., and Handford, V. International Journal for Leadership in Learning 1(3).

Churchley, J.F. (2007) iReflection: reflection as an MP3 Player. Leadership Compass The Banff Centre: Banff, Alberta.

Churchley, J.F. (2005) Book and article reviews in Annotated Bibliography. Buswick, T.; Seifter, H. (Ed.) Journal of Business Strategy 26 (5)

Churchley, J.F. (2005) Teacher professional development: A collaborative model. Snapshots: The Specialist Schools Trust Journal of Innovation in Education 1 (4), 23-25.

Churchley, J.F. (2004) The Maestro Executive. Leadership Compass (11) The Banff Centre: Banff, Alberta.

Invited Guest Speaking Engagements/Refereed Conference Presentations
(2016) S.T.E.A.M. in Kindergarten-16 and Beyond??? (keynote address), The Seventh China-North America International Education Forum; Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, People???s Republic of China

(2015) Modern School Leadership??? (keynote address), Educational Leadership in Creating Sustainable Schools ??? Sino-Foreign Leading Principals Symposium; National Training Centre for Secondary School Principals, Ministry of Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai, People???s Republic of China

(2007) Imagine B.C: The future of education in B.C. ??? Simon Fraser University/CBC Radio, Vancouver, BC

(2004) The Conductor in the Boardroom The Banff Centre, Leadership Development, Banff, AB

(2002) The Teacher Career Cycle Game: Applications for staff development Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.

(2013) "Activity theory and arts education: Designing learning experiences for aesthetic responses" paper presented at the Eighth International Conference on Imagination and Education, Vancouver, BC

(2013) "Aesthetic experiences at an arts school" paper presented at the Eighth International Conference on Imagination and Education, Vancouver, BC

(2013) Revisioning leadership development: A university-school district partnership??? with D. Purvey, P Neufeld, and J. Miller paper presented in the symposium ???Findings of the International Study of Principal Preparation: Maximizing the capacity of principals to lead???, delivered during the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, Santiago, Chile.

(2007) Aesthetic experiences at school paper presented at the annual conference of the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education, Oakland, CA, USA.

(2007) An on-line arts school community paper presented at the annual conference of the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education, Oakland, CA, USA.

(2005) "Process and/or product: the philosophy and practice of aesthetic education in a fine arts school" paper presented at the Third International Conference on Imagination and Education, Vancouver, BC

Employment History

2017-present Chair School of Education
2017 Program Coordinator Bachelor of Education
2016-2017 Teaching Fellow TRU Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
2016-present Principal Lecturer (tenure track) Thompson Rivers University
2014-2016 Assistant Superintendent Elementary Education, School District #73
2010-2014 Assistant Superintendent Human Resources, School District #73
2007-2009 District Principal Human Resources, School District #73
2004-2007 Principal Beattie School of the Arts (Elementary/Secondary)
2002-2004 Vice Principal Sa-Hali Secondary
2000-2002 Vice Principal Logan Lake Secondary
1993-2000 District Fine Arts Coordinator K-12 School District #73
1986-1993 Teacher Westsyde Secondary: Band, Choir 8-12, Video Production, Mathematics
1984-1986 Teacher Valemount Secondary/Elementary: Music 4-12, Social Studies
1984 Teacher Glenlyon School: Mathematics 8, 10

Courses Taught

Executive Program for Leadership in Education
EDTL 3100 Teaching and Learning I
EDVP 4110 Music
EDUC 5401 Principles and Processes of Educational Leadership
EDUC 5461 Educational Management
MUSI 170 Chorus I
MUSI 180 Chorus II

2007 BC Music Educators Association Outstanding Administrator Award
1994 Community Arts Council of Kamloops Honourary Life Member
1989 City of Kamloops Arts Award
1989 BC Ministry of Education Accreditation Top Drawer recipient: Westsyde Secondary Performing Arts Department

Professional Affiliations

Arts, Aesthetics, Creativity, & Organization Research Network webmaster

BC School Superintendents Association retired member

Canadian Society for the Study of Education member

Canadian Association for the Study of
Educational Administration member