Thompson Rivers University

Patricia Neufeld, PhD, LCPC, NCC

Name: Patricia Neufeld, PhD, LCPC, NCC
Position: Professor
Phone: 250-852-7006


My teaching focus is in the Master of Education in the counselling program. I supervise counselling interns in both agency and school settings as well as teach a number of the required didactic courses. I also teach EDUC 5040 Diversity: Constructing Social Realities.

During the summer of 2018, I will be teaching at the University of Education, Heidelberg as the recipient of the International Teaching Fellowship.
In addition to teaching, I will be providing several public lectures to faculty and staff, as well as engaging in a small research project.

Research Interests

Research In Progress

The study of the effectiveness of principal preparation programs for novice principals has been well researched. The International Study of Principal Preparation (ISPP) has explored the topic in over 13 countries. The first two stages of a multi-stage research project to compare principal preparation in Bogota, Colombia, and British Columbia, Canada within the broader context of previous ISPP studies are nearly completion. The initial stage set the backdrop by mapping the existing formal and informal programs for the preparation of novice principals in British Columbia, Canada and Bogota, Columbia. Following the mapping process, a survey investigating the usefulness of preparation prior to taking up the principalship from the perspectives of principals in their first three years in the job was sent to urban and rural principals in British Columbia and Bogota.

An in-depth analysis of the influences of leadership development coupled with cross-cultural comparisons is currently in progress. Of interest throughout the study is the concept of the globalization of research literature used in the programs. The current debate in principal preparation to understand the principalship, specifically the challenges inherent in the early years of the position and survey data that identifies the extent to which principals were prepared for these challenges is currently being analyzed. We anticipate beginning the 3rd stage, the interviewing process, early this fall.


Ph.D. Kansas State University Counseling & Educational Psychology
M.S. Emporia State University Elementary/Secondary Counseling
M.M. Emporia State University Music Education/Choral Specialist
B.A. Tabor College Elementary/Secondary Music Education


Selected recent publications and presentations


Neufeld, P., Purvey, D., Churchley, J., and Handford, V. (2015). Developing Leadership Literacy: A University-School District Partnership. International Journal for Leadership in Learning, 1:3.
Purvey, D., and Neufeld, P. (2015). Educational Leadership, School Organization, and
Diversity, In Jac J.W. Andrews and Judy Lupart, eds. Understanding and Addressing Diversity in Canadian Schools, Nelson Education.
Churchley, J., Handford, V., Neufeld, P., and Purvey, P. (under review). Mapping Principal Preparation Programs in British Columbia. International Studies in Educational Administration.
Co-presenter, Taking up the Principalship: An International Comparative Study, 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI (2016)
Co-presenter, International Study of Principal Preparation (ISPP): Panel Presentation, Innovation and
Leadership in Education Conference, Calgary, AB (2016)

Employment History

Thompson Rivers University
Present Position: Professor
2013-14 Interim Dean, Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development
2012-2013 Associate Dean
2011-Present Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work
2009-2011 Academic Director Education, OL

1992-2009 Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
2005-2009 Chair, Department of Special Education and School Counseling
1999-2001 Coordinator, School Counseling Program
1998-2004 Director, School Counselor Center
2008-2009 Professor
2002-2008 Associate Professor
1999-2002 Assistant Professor
1992-1999 Lecturer

1991-1992 Elementary School Counselor, Topeka, KS
1990-1991 Middle Level Music Teacher, Emporia, KS
1986-1990 Secondary Vocal Music Teacher, Eureka, KS

Courses Taught

Introduction to Counselling Skills
Introduction to Secondary School Counselling
Diversity: Constructing Social Realities
Counselling Internship
Professional and Ethical Issues in Counselling

Professional Affiliations

Selected Professional Service and Affiliations

Team Chair, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

LCPC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
NCC, National Board of Certified Counselors


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