Faculty & Staff

Susan Garrow-Oliver, PhD

Administrative title: Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Child Studies

Academic title: Associate Professor

Office: T380
Email: sgarrow@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.5003

PhD, University of Calgary
MA — CYC, University of Victoria
BCST, Mount Royal College
ECE Diploma, Confederation College


More than 25 years working in or connected to child and youth-serving organizations in Calgary. Key interests in leadership practice, interdisciplinary practice, social justice advocacy, social policy and community development.

Areas of instruction

  • Interdisciplinary Professional Practice
  • Social Policy
  • Leadership
  • The Profession of ELCC
  • Practicum/Capstone

Areas of scholarship

  • Leadership Practice
  • Students as Leaders
  • Professional Identity
  • Leadership Advocacy

Selected Publications

A Need for Strengthening ELCC Leadership Practice in Alberta. Canadian Child Care Federation Interaction Magazine (Summer 2018).

Garrow-Oliver, S. & Kostouros, P. (2014). Desks in rows. Transformative Dialogues 7(3).

Nickel, J., Sutherby, L., & Garrow-Oliver, S. (2010). Fostering Reflection through Challenging Practica. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 31, 1-14.

Relevant Community Service

  • Mount Royal University Child Care Centre, Board Chair, 2015 – present