University of Calgary

Ellen Perrault

  • Dean
  • Professor (Teaching)
  • Clinical Practice
  • Community Development & Practice
  • Curriculum/Program Design & Evaluation
  • Field Education
  • Leadership in Human Services

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Ellen Perrault, Teaching Professor, is Vice Dean at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She brings over 25 years’ experience in educational leadership, research, evaluation, social work practice, coordination, organizational leadership, online education, and post-secondary educational development. Ellen’s passion lies in organizational improvement and supporting people to maximize their potential. Dr. Perrault is interested in determining the organizational, technical, and process success factors involved in improving strategic outcomes.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Through generous funding from the Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary, Dr. Perrault conducted a recent qualitative research case study in an effort to determine the important organizational, technical, and educational development success factors involved in the conversion from a face-to-face course to a quality online course. 

Learn more from Dr. Perrault’s Innovate Calgary research profile.



BA (general)
BA (psychology specialization)

Professional and Community Associations

Ellen’s contributions to professional associations includes membership in the Alberta College of Social Work Professional Education Committee; Canadian Association for Social Work Education; Council on Social Work Education; and registration with the Alberta Association of Social Workers.

Publications from 2012-Present

Book Chapters

Pelech, W., Wulff, D., Perrault, E., Ayala, J., Baynton, M., Williams, M., Crowder, R., & Shankar, J. (2014). Current challenges in social work distance education: Responses from the Elluminati. Distance Learning and Online Education in Social Work.  Routledge.

Perrault, E., Austin, C., McClelland, R., Sieppert, J., & Gursansky, D. (2014). Positive ageing through community development: Canadian experience. In T. Paltasingh & R. Tyagi (Eds.), Emerging issues in gerontology: Relevance and possibilities. Delhi, India: Bookwell. ISBN 978-93-80574-52-3.

Ayala, J., Baynton, M., & Perrault, E. (2012). Distance Field Education: New Technologies and Tools for Learning (Chapter 11). pp. 209-232. In Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in Canada. A book for practicum students, faculty and field instructors.  Editors: Drolet, J., Clark, N., & Allen, H. S.  Don Mills, ON: Pearson Education.

Refereed Journal Articles

Ayala, J., Ing, J., Perrault, E., Elliott, G., Baynton, M., & Letkemann, L. (2014). The potential of online learning in addressing challenges in field instructor training. Currents: Scholarship in the Human Services.

Pelech, W., Wulff, D., Perrault, E., Ayala, J., Baynton, M., Williams, M., Crowder, R., & Shankar, J. (2013). Current challenges in social work distance education: Responses from the Elluminati. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 33(4/5), 393-407, DOI: 10.1080/08841233.2013.834863.

Perrault, E., McClelland, R., Austin, C., & Sieppert, J. (2011). Working together in collaborations: Successful process factors for community collaboration. Administration in Social Work, 35(3), 282-298. Preeminent Journal.

Recent Awards

2019 University of Calgary U Make a Difference, Collaboration and Communication category

2018 University of Calgary Award for Educational Leadership

2018 Respect and Recognition Star team award 

2015 University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award

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