Thompson Rivers University

John Churchley

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


Homepage URL:


I host a podcast with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching:

Music is a big part of my connection between creativity and pedagogical support. My songs are at:

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

Employment History

2018-present Coordinator Teaching and Learning, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
2017-2018 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
EDEF 4200 School Organization
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

BC School Superintendents Association retired member


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