Dave Stanfield

Dean of Students

As an undergraduate, I helped plan and lead first-year orientation where I gained an appreciation for the learning and personal growth that can occur outside the formal classroom environment. I greatly valued and benefitted from the guidance and mentorship from my advisors, which encouraged me to pursue a career as a student affairs educator.

After earning a Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University in Ohio (USA), I served as the Director of Student Activities and First-Year Programmes at Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in Doha, Qatar. During this time, I enjoyed working alongside students to develop their leadership skills and intercultural competence.

This experience led me to the Boston College Center for International Higher Education where I pursued a PhD in Higher Education Administration. My research focused on transnational higher education strategies and organisational structures.

After completing my doctorate, with an appreciation for the importance of educational research and assessment, I jumped at the opportunity to join the Council of International School (CIS) as the Head of Research and Development where I served from 2014 to 2019. In this role, I helped develop the CIS International Accreditation protocol and created resources to support universities in achieving international student recruitment goals.

Now, I am thrilled to be at an institution working closely with students to help them develop skills and discover passions that will help them to be professionally successful and personally fulfilled.

Fun Fact

  • I have two young children with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
  • I discovered downhill snow skiing during my college years and it has remained one of my favourite activities ever since.

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