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322 E. Front St., Suite 440
Boise, Idaho 83702

Phone: (208) 364-4047
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Coeur d'Alene

1031 N. Academic Way
Suite 242
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho 83814

Phone: (208) 292-1286
Fax: (208) 667-5275

Kathy Canfield-Davis

Kathy Canfield-Davis, Ph.D.

Office: 127C
Phone: (208) 292-1286
Email: canfield@uidaho.edu

College of Education
Educational Leadership
Associate Professor

Campus Locations: Coeur d'Alene
With UI Since 2006

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Leadership
    • Social Justice
    • Rural Schools
    • K-12 policy, politics, and governance
    • Gender
  • Biography

    Areas of Specialization:
    • Leadership and social justice, multicultural education, and the establishment of community partnerships to promote human rights.

    • Leadership and educational governance; the interface between policy, politics, and educational leaders.


    Dr. Canfield-Davis’ professional career spans K-12 and higher education. Within K-12, she has been a teacher, special education director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Within higher education, she has held administrative liaison and coordinator positions in addition to professorial assignments. In 2010, the University of Idaho recognized her achievements with the prestigious Excellence in Outreach and Engagement Award. The Idaho Association of School Administrators awarded her the Dedicated Editorial Volunteer Award in 2010. She also received the College of Education Outstanding Contributions to Public Service Award in 2009. She is the current editor of Perspectives, the journal of the Idaho Association of School Administrators and Interim Editor for the Researcher, a journal of the Northern Rocky Mountain Education Research Association. Her community activism is extensive and has included membership on human rights commissions, civic boards, community development councils, and higher education human rights advisory committees. Within the private sector, she is a national consultant on school facilities.

  • Selected Publications
    • Canfield-Davis, K., Tenuto, P., Joki, R., & Hadley, E. (2011). Nine decades later: Idaho women reflect on the meaning of the nineteenth amendment. Advancing Women in Leadership, 31, 69-78.

    • Canfield-Davis, K., & Jain, S. (2010). Legislative decision making on education issues: A qualitative study. The Qualitative Report, 15(3), 600-629.

    • Canfield-Davis, K., Jain. S., Wattam, D., McMurtry, J., & Johnson, M. (2010). Factors of influence on legislative decision making: A descriptive study. Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, 13(2), 55-68.

    • Canfield-Davis, K., Gardiner, M., & Joki, R. (2009). Social justice leadership in action: The case of Tony Stewart (Reprinted). Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 3(4), 205-217.

    Nine Decades Later: Idaho Women Reflect on the Meaning of the Nineteenth Amendment

    Legislative Decision-Making on Education Issues:  A Qualitative Study
  • Research Projects

    Research In Progress:

    • Tony Stewart Leadership Model for Social Justice: Applications in Montana and Oregon.
    • Leadership and the Decision Making Process of Athletic Directors: Pre-Service or On-The-Job Training?
    • Women’s Perceived Entry and Access Opportunities to Leadership in Higher Education through the Lens of Feminist Theory and Practice.
    • The Landscape of Collective Bargaining and Educational Reform: A Case Study on Reframing Policy
    • An Examination of Educational Leadership Preparation Programs Through the Eyes of Superintendents and Principals.