Kimberly Speers is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Public Administration and a Canadian politics expert. She also teaches regularly with the national local government program at the University of Alberta and has taught policy analysis and evaluation at the University of Fraser Valley.
She completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Alberta and has a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University, a Master of Arts in History from Queen’s University, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Waterloo. She received numerous teaching, leadership, and scholarly awards at each of these institutions.
Prior to coming to British Columbia, Dr. Speers was an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Chair in the Department of Political Studies (MA and MPA programs) at the University of Manitoba and taught in the areas of public administration, research methods, and Canadian politics. She received an Outstanding Faculty Award in 2009 at the University of Manitoba and in 2008, she received a President's Committee Community Outreach Award.
For the past 20 years, she has been a frequent media commentator at the national, provincial, and local levels. She is still involved in campaign management at the local order of government and loves elections.
She has published and presented at conferences in the areas of performance measurement, planning, management consulting in the public sector, gender and bureaucracy, graduate teaching, and communication and engagement.
Teaching and Research Interests:
Canadian politics - national, provincial and local
- elections, political parties, voting behavior, campaign strategies
Communication and engagement in the public sector
Project and program management
Food policy and politics
Animal policy and politics
Business and strategic planning in government
Management consulting and the public sector