Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Lorraine Godden

Adjunct Faculty

Research Interests

  • Career development
  • Public policy analysis
  • Organizational learning
  • Adult Education
  • Experiential learning
  • Mentorship
  • Educational leadership
  • Qualitative research methodologies


Dr. Godden’s (PhD, Queen’s University) research examines how teachers and school leaders undertake complex and differentiated activity in the processes of interpretation and implementation of policy in educational organizations. Dr. Godden’s research is rooted in understanding how policy actors interpret policy documents to make sense of education and career/life planning, cooperative education, experiential learning, and other educational multidisciplinary policies, and enact them into programing. Dr. Godden is particularly interested in how all stakeholders, including vulnerable populations can be supported, and policy implementation facilitated, through these complex interpretive processes. Dr. Godden’s research has been published in national and international journals, and she has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Further, her research has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Godden has successfully completed many collaborative, empirical, and community-based research projects that have informed theory, policy, and practice-based initiatives for at-risk youth populations. Dr. Godden currently serves on the Board of Directors of CERIC and is a Member of Team Canada for the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy. Dr. Godden teaches leadership and policy related courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs, and has received the Queen’s University Golden Apple Award for university teaching.

Current Research Projects

Dr. Godden has a number of research projects currently underway including the Ministry of Education funded Eastern Regional Partnership for Adult Education project, and a Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development funded evaluation of the Youth Job Connection program.


Please see Dr. Godden's Curriculum Vitae for a list of publications.

Courses Taught

FOCI 275: Leadership in Schools
PME: 803 Organizational Leadership
PROF 411: Theory and Professional Practice
EDUC 888/901: Knowledge Translation and Mobilization in Public Sectors
EDEL 6133: Educational Leadership: Perspectives and Practices (Yorkville University)
EDEL 6153: Ethical Leadership and Social Justice (Yorkville University)
EDUC 4313H: Sociocultural Perspectives of Human Development and Learning (Trent University)