Dr. Barbara Foulds holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Dalhousie University; a Master’s in Education from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. in Education from McGill University. She joined Algonquin College as a professor in the faculty of Nursing in 1992 and until 1996 and was the project lead for the initial design of under graduate curricula where she developed models of collaborative programming.
Dr. Foulds is currently Dean of the Faculty of Health, Public Safety & Community Studies at Algonquin College in Ottawa, ON. In this role, she is responsible for academic and administrative leadership of the programs and staff of the Faculty, representing the College internally and externally and communicating the vision and goals of the College to community and professional constituencies. She also serves as the Steering Committee Chair to Algonquin’s Healthy Living Education leading the HLE team in the development of “A Model Community-Integrated Learning and Innovation Hub Addressing the Skills and Capacity Needs of Health, Wellness and Long-Term Care”.
Prior to this assignment, Dr. Foulds was Associate Dean of Health from 2007-2011 where she led the health sector in new program development and partnered with community stakeholders to develop multiple academic bridging programs. From 2001-2011 she was Chair of Nursing Studies where her responsibilities included development of the administrative and governance structure for the collaborative BScN program with the University of Ottawa. She also headed the creation of the leading edge Health Sciences Simulation Centre.
From 1996-2001 Dr. Foulds was the Coordinator of the Prior Leaning Assessment and Recognition Department where she managed College wide PLA offices, policies and procedures and staff training. Dr. Foulds is a pioneer in the use of simulation based education in health programs and is the recipient of the Colleges Ontario Innovation Award in recognition of innovation in this area. Educational pathways for internationally trained health professions advancement can also be attributed to her efforts.