Jeanie’s Writing

jeanie-2I am an educator at heart and happiest when I am with people working through collaborative ideas and launching off of each other’s expertise. As part of this work, I am drawn to reflecting and learning by writing about the work I am privileged to do.

Co-authoring 2 books with Joan – Appreciative Inquiry In Higher Education: A Transformative Force (2012) and Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness (2018) – was for me extraordinary as we played to our greatest strengths.

I undertook a transformative writing task by contributing a chapter to the book, Gift of the Hit, about ‘life’s hits’ and how those hits offer us a gift we could not have imagined. As a person who has lived through breast cancer, lives with a chronic and serious blood disorder and survived a very serious car accident, I come to the task of writing about the gifts these experiences have offered to me with an open heart.


I am passionate about leadership and facilitating. I pursued these passions in my research for masters and doctoral degrees and share here the links to articles based on this research:

The following are other of my publications:

  • Cockell, J. (2007). Making Magic Doing Research. In Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, November 2007.
  • Cockell, J. (2008). Appreciative inquiry. In D. Jacobs (Ed.), Authentic Dissertation. NY: Rutledge.
  • Cockell, J. (2010). The AI circle. In Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, February 2010.
  • Cockell, J. (2011). Love is all that matters. In K. Parker & P. Watson (Eds.), 20 Winners at the Game of Life. Trafford Publishing.
  • Butterwick, S., Cockell, J., MacIver, S., McArthur-Blair, J., Rodrigues, J. (2012). Connectivity and collectivity in a doctoral cohort program: An academic memoir in five parts. In Alberta Journal of Educational Research, February 2012.
  • McArthur-Blair, J. & Cockell, J. (2012). Tapping the soul of higher education. In Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, May 2012.
  • McArthur-Blair, J. & Cockell, J. (2012). Inclusive spaces: Using appreciative processes to transform social structures. In Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, August 2012.