Dr. Neil Buddel has over 18 years of experience in the postsecondary education system through various roles (including residential and career education, academic student success, and overall student affairs) and at various institutions (including the Universities of Alberta, Guelph, Toronto; McMaster University; and Centennial College, where he serves as Dean of Students). Neil completed his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, exploring the storied experiences of first-generation through a social class lens – a topic of interest to him as he was the first in his family to attend any form of postsecondary education.
As Dean of Students at Centennial College, Neil has responsibility for student life, co-curricular learning and development, student conduct and relations, counselling, accessible learning services, athletics and wellness, career and co-op services, and advising and pathways. Neil is also a Lecturer with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto where he teaches in the Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education Department.
Neil’s “planned happenstance” journey, which he feels fortunate and grateful to have experienced, unfolded as follows: