Nancy Matthews, PhD

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Nancy Matthews, PhD Dean of Education
Associate Professor of Education

Ph: 506-858-8970 Ext. 179
Email: Nancy.Matthews@crandallu.ca

Dr. Nancy Matthews is the Dean of Education and Associate Professor of Education at Crandall University. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Studies from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Education in Education Administration from Université de Moncton, a Bachelor of Education with a major in Business Education from the University of New Brunswick, and a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Finance and Economics from Saint Mary’s University. Dr. Matthews joined the faculty part time in 2016 and full time in 2022.

Nancy’s research primarily centers around decision-making in leadership. Her recent publication and presentations relate to The role of leaders in educational decision-making: Examining implementation factors and providing a newfound model. Currently, Nancy is engaged in research related to professional learning communities in higher education.

Notable among her credentials are awards such as Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award, Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, and the Provincial Vince Sunderland Memorial Award for Outstanding Educational Leadership. She has also chaired and presented at various events, including the International Conference on Educational Leadership and Management hosted by The Institute for Educational Administration & Leadership, Jamaica (IEAL-J), the International Conference on Leadership for Global Citizenship hosted by the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS), as well as presenting in an International webinar on Research Methodology hosted by Dhupguri College of Education, West Bengal, India. She has also participated in local conferences such as the Atlantic Education Graduate Student Conference and the Atlantic Education Summit.

Before joining Crandall full time, Nancy dedicated over 30 years to the public education system where she held various roles including Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Finance and Administration, School Principal, School Vice Principal, Education Supervisor, Mentor Teacher, Classroom Teacher, and Human Resources and Payroll Supervisor. Additionally, she has taught master-level courses for the University of New Brunswick, and a professional learning communities course for St. Thomas University.


BCom, Saint Mary’s University
BEd, University of New Brunswick
MEd, Université de Moncton
PhD, University of New Brunswick

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