Stephanie Chitpin is an Associate Professor of Leadership, Evaluation, Curriculum and Policy Studies at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Chitpin is known for her work in professional development of teachers using the Popperian approach (Karl Popper - Post­positivist). Her works include Decision Making in Educational Leadership: Principles, Policies, and Practices (2015), Popper’s Approach to Education: A Cornerstone of Teaching and Learning (2016), Confronting Educational Policy in Neoliberal Times: International Perspectives (2018), Understanding Decision-Making in Educational Contexts: A Case Study Approach (2020). She is also Series Editor of Educational Leadership and Policy Decision-Making in Neoliberal Times published by Routledge. Dr. Chitpin is currently exploring the use of critical rational models of decision making for principals.
B.A. (Hons) University of Guelph
M.A. University of Toronto
Ph.D. University of Toronto
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Chitpin's areas of research include decision-making in educational leadership, educational leadership and administration, professional development, and epistemology. She is best known for her application of Karl Popper’s critical rationalism to the field of educational leadership and teacher professional development. Her current funded research by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) deals with principal decision-making as it relates to reducing achievement gaps and investigates dilemmas faced by educational leaders in school and hospital settings.
Dr. Chitpin is also the Founding Director of the Canadian Principal Learning Network (CPLN), a research unit for Organizational Learning and Leadership at the University of Ottawa. The CPLN was established to focus on organizational expertise and knowledge in relation to various aspects of leadership.
Furthermore, she is a member of a number of editorial boards of education and management journals, including the Journal of Clinical Case Reports, Journal of Advances in Education Research, and Creative Education.
Personal Interests
Outside of her research and teaching interests, Dr. Chitpin enjoys volleyball, tennis, and yoga.