David Docherty, Ph.D.

2013 Calgary Speaker

David Docherty

David Docherty, Ph.D.

Panel member
Mount Royal University
Panel: "The Future of Canadian Universities"

David Docherty, PhD, became Mount Royal University’s ninth President in August 2011. An accomplished academic, author and administrator, Docherty came to Mount Royal from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, where he served as Senior Advisor on Multi-Campus Initiatives in the Offi ce of the Vice-President: Academic and Provost. Before that, he was Dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Arts.

A recognized expert on parliamentary democracy in Canada, Dr. Docherty has been instrumental in developing new undergraduate and graduate programs at Laurier — an institution with a strong reputation for undergraduate education. In 2005, Docherty was named the Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar at Laurier. In addition to recognizing teaching excellence, this annual award affirms the importance of teaching by honouring a faculty member who integrates both scholarly research and teaching.

David Docherty obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON in 1984. He was the fi rst Laurier graduate to serve as a legislative intern in the Ontario Legislature, where he served in different capacities until 1988. He obtained his Master of Arts degree in political science from McMaster University in 1990 and his PhD in political science from the University of Toronto in 1995.

A faculty member in Laurier’s Political Science Department since 1994, Dr. Docherty became Chair of the department in 2001. In 2005, he was appointed Dean of Arts, the fi rst Laurier alumnus to be appointed in that position. Under Dr. Docherty’s leadership, Laurier’s Faculty of Arts was awarded a NAFTA mobility grant, which is facilitating new program growth in North American Studies and building strong faculty and student ties with partner universities. In 2009, he was a lead in a successful bid by Laurier and the University of Waterloo to secure the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest conference of academics. Laurier awarded Dr. Docherty his Full Professorship in 2011, just prior to his appointment as Mount Royal’s new President.

The author of two books and numerous articles on Canadian politics, Dr. Docherty has been a frequent commentator on regional and national radio, and his analyses of provincial and national politics have been regularly cited in leading Canadian newspapers.