Faculty & Staff

Catherine Smey Carston


Catherine Smey Carston

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Administrative Title: Bachelor of Child Studies Coordinator

Areas of Instruction
Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching, Curriculum Development, Experiential Learning, Early Learning

PhD, University of Calgary; Dissertation: "Exploring Mentoring Relationships"
M.Ed., San Diego State University; Thesis: Early Childhood Education Practicum: Leadership and Supervision
B.A. Rec. Admin., University of Alberta

Phone: 403.440.6447
Email: ccarston@mtroyal.ca

Scholarly Interests

  • Workplace learning
  • Student engagement
  • Experiential Learning, practica and capstones
  • Student global learning experiences

Professional Community Service Interests

  • Professional Development Learning Plans
  • Coaching Conversations
  • Learning Communities
  • Mentoring

Research and Scholarly Projects

Pedagogical Leadership Resource Guide

  • This resource guide has been developed to assist pedagogical leaders' support of educators who are learning about and engaging with the Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework; Play, Participation and Possibilities. The resource has been funded by a grant from the Alberta Ministry of Education and developed by a Child Studies team at Mount Royal University, led by Dr. Catherine Smey Carston and Dr. Joanne Baxter.
Smey Carston, C & Baxter, J . (2012 - present). Alberta ELCC Curriculum Framework Pilot project. Funded by the Alberta Ministry of Human Services, Child Care Development Branch (Grant)
Baxter, J., & Smey Carston, C. (2014, March 31). Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework Pilot Evaluation. For Alberta Ministry of Human Services, Child Development Branch. 110 pp. (Report)
Carston, C., Dean, Y., London, C. & Salyers, V. (2013, Dec). Exploring student motivations, expectations & experiences when engaged in international learning. Poster presented at the 2013 Faculty of Health & Community Studies, Research & Scholarship Showcase, Mount Royal University. Calgary, AB.
Smey Carston, C. (2009), "The mentoring experience". ACCC Early Childhood Education (ECE) Faculty Forum, Grant McEwen University, Edmonton, AB. Keynote Address