Larry Sackney

Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award - Fall 2004

Dr. Larry Sackney was born in Saskatchewan and received his B.A., B.Ed., and M.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in Educational Administration. His career has taken him to work in the chemical industry and in schools as a teacher, vice-principal, and principal of a regional secondary school. He joined the faculty at the University of Saskatchewan in 1976 and has been on staff since with the exception of a brief period when he served as Director of Research and Planning with Edmonton Public Schools. 

During his time at the University he served terms as Department Head and Director of the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit. His research includes an array of empirical and interpretive studies that examine leadership, school effectiveness and school improvement, and educational reform. He has held SSHRC research grants and currently holds a New Economy grant that examines the building of learning communities for the knowledge society. His publications include two co-authored books, 15 book chapters, 22 refereed articles, and 79 technical reports. 

Dr. Sackney has supervised 16 doctoral dissertations, 21 masters' theses, and 55 masters' projects. Eight of his doctoral graduands are in faculty positions and the others are in senior management positions. He is actively sought out by graduate students to be their supervisor. This past spring his recent Ph.D. graduate student, Dr. Paul Newton, won the Thomas B. Greenfield Dissertation Award and another of his students, Dr. Scott Tunison, received honorable mention. 

Further, Dr. Sackney has served as Ph.D. external examiner at other universities on 42 occasions. He served as external reader and examiner for the University of the West Indies. In addition, he has served as external reviewer of graduate programs and was a member of SSHRC Committee #17. 

Dr. Sackney serves as an advisory editor to two international journals and is also an editorial board member for two other refereed journals. He was the founding member of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement and served as its third President. He has also served as the President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (CASEA) and as Canadian representative on the Commonwealth Council on Educational Administration. In 2001 Dr. Sackney received the Distinguished Service Award from CASEA. 

Dr. Sackney is actively sought out as a conference speaker and as a workshop leader. He has worked internationally and recently was a team leader in a four year CIDA funded health improvement project in Ukraine. In December, Professor Sackney will be one of the distinguished lecturers for the Washington based National Staff Development Council at its 36th annual conference. 

He is married to Kay and they have two children, Blair an engineer with Alcan, and Leanne, a veterinarian.