Dr. Linda Dudar is the former Dean of Education at St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Her educational journey includes a Bachelor of Education and Music Degree, a Master of Arts in Administration and Curriculum and a Doctorate in Philosophy.
She holds over 35 years of teaching, administrative and leadership experience in both Catholic and public school districts in Western Canada and has led Canada’s only Bachelor of Education program designed to prepare teachers for Catholic as well as Non-Catholic schools.
As an award-winning musician, educator, and school administrator, she has shared her research and her teaching nationally and internationally including in the United States, Ukraine, Taiwan, Italy and England.
As well, Dr. Dudar has been appointed the chair of the Association of Alberta Deans of Education.
In addition to numerous teaching and administrative awards, Dr. Dudar is the recipient of the Hetman Award presented by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress acknowledging her leadership work in the Ukrainian Canadian community in Alberta and the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Ukrainian-Canadian Professional & Business Association of Calgary in recognition of her contributions over the course of several decades to the social, cultural, educational and spiritual fabric of communities in Canada and Ukraine as an educator, university administrator, choral director and social visionary.
Dr. Dudar has been the music director of St. Stephen’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Choir for the last 37 years. Her leadership in this music ministry has led to several music recordings and performances within and outside of Canada.
Her doctoral research in educational leadership at the University of Calgary focused on time-sensitive organizational change. This study reports new findings of how difficult changes are implemented much faster than previously thought. Emerging from this study is a model that depicts a sequential and systematic process which is evidence-based, research-informed and encompasses insights from leaders and stakeholders. Key elements for the success of a time-sensitive change initiative are presented.
Her current research and recently co-authored book Accelerating Change in Schools explored her research of leaders and stakeholders’ perspectives.