Dr Bill Muirhead, Associate Provost Academic

Dr. Muirhead was the founding Associate Provost Academic and is a tenured Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at ONTech—new name 2019. As one of the founding academic members of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology which was established in 2002, Bill was instrumental in designing and creating all aspects of a new university.

Bill has a Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University, a Masters of Education degree from the University of Manitoba and completed his PhD from the University of Alberta in 2000. With support from Alberta Learning in 1998 Bill founded the Alberta Online Consortium (AOC) with a provincial mandate to support online learning throughout Alberta.. From 1998 to 2002, Bill led the governmental policy support development of online schools in Alberta. During the four years as Executive Director Bill grew consortium membership to include all Alberta K-12, university and college institutions as well as more than 100 educational institutions from across Canada.

Over the past 40 years Bill has taught students from Kindergarten to Doctoral levels, taught online line and face-to-face and in both rural and urban settings across Canada and overseas. Bill holds an Adjunct Professorship with Royal Roads University.

An active researcher, Bill has attracted and participated in more than $8m of funding to support his research. Bill has been awarded a HEQCO grant ($230,723) to study student support services associated with college-universities, and a Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant ($600,000) to build an Informatics Lab in the Faculty of Education to study all aspects of disabilities.


1997 – 2000
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Leadership
Department of Educational Policy Studies
Thesis: Teachers’ Perspectives of Online Education in Alberta

1992 – 1995
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Masters of Education in Educational Administration
Title of Research Project: Personnel Challenges of Demographic Trends Among Manitoba Teachers

1985 – 1987
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Pre-masters: Department of Curriculum and Humanities

1974 – 1978
McGill University, Montreal, Québec
Bachelor of Education


2008 –
Associate Professor
Faculty of Education
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

2002 – 2015
Adjunct Professor
Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia

2000 – 2001
Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta

1999 – 2000
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

1997 – 1999
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta