Biography for Dr. Joy Mighty
Dr. Joy Mighty is currently Professor and Senior Scholar for Innovation in Teaching and Learning in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Carleton University, on secondment from the Sprott School of Business and the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Mighty previously served as Carleton’s Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning). Prior to her work at Carleton, Dr. Mighty served as the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Queen’s University and as a Full Professor in the Queen’s School of Business. Before moving to Queen’s she was the coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Centre and a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick.
Born in Georgetown Guyana, Dr. Mighty has an eclectic academic background with degrees in English, Education and Business (organizational behaviour), as well as a wealth of experience as an administrator, teacher, educational developer, researcher and consultant. Her academic interests are organizational development and change, with special emphasis on equity, diversity and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her PhD dissertation focused on “Managing Workforce Diversity: Institutionalization and Strategic Choice in the Adoption of Employment Equity”.
Dr. Mighty has received awards for excellence in teaching, research, and “extraordinary service and professional leadership”. She is a Past-President of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), was the inaugural chair of the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC), and served as Canada’s representative on the Council of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED). Dr. Mighty is also the recipient of the 2020 Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr Mighty has provided consulting services to private, public and not-for-profit organizations in Canada, the Caribbean, China, England, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the USA. A frequently sought keynote speaker at regional, national, and international conferences, she has also published in various conference proceedings, journals and books, and is the co-editor of the highly acclaimed 2010 publication Taking Stock: Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Dr. Mighty brings to the Task Force her scholarly expertise in EDI as well as her lived experiences as an immigrant Black woman who has successfully navigated the rocky academic journey through four different Canadian universities. Drawing on the challenges she has faced, first as a mature graduate student, then as a junior professor applying for tenure, advancing through the ranks to full professor, and ultimately becoming a senior administrator, Dr. Mighty’s EDI work is grounded in knowledge and understanding of the isolation, stereotyping, microaggressions, discrimination, and systemic racism faced by Black, Indigenous and other minority scholars whose social identity is at the intersection of ethnicity, race and gender.