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Department of Leadership & Counseling
322 E. Front St., Suite 440
Boise, Idaho 83702

Phone: (208) 364-4047
Fax: (208) 364-4078

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 of Educational Leadership and Department Chair

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. She is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and is the Department Chair for Leadership and Counseling in the University of Idaho College of Education. Her scholarship focuses on one consistent theme: social justice. She has explored the topic from several landscapes including leadership and community activism, the value of multicultural education for educational leaders, the impact of the legislative process and policy making on education and the unique challenges of Idaho’s rural schools. Dr. Canfield-Davis has served as editor for the Researcher, journal for the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association and Perspectives, the official publication of the Idaho Association of School Administrators.

    Using synchronous and asynchronous instruction, Dr. Canfield-Davis has taught nearly every course required for principal and superintendent certification. She serves as an advisor to more than 90 graduate students seeking their masters and educational specialist degrees. In addition, Dr. Canfield-Davis has mentored multiple students through their doctoral studies.

    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.
  • Awards and Honors
    • University of Idaho Excellence in Outreach and Engagement Award, 2010
    • Idaho Association of School Administrators Dedicated Editorial Volunteer Award, 2010 and 2014
    • University of Idaho College of Education Outstanding Contributions to Public Service Award, 2009