Keith J. Connell

About Keith J Connell

Keith Connell, a Professor of Design and Visual Arts at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, has an extensive background in both academia and the corporate world. Prior to his current role, he served as a Program Coordinator for Business, Marketing, Computer Studies, and Interactive Media Web Design. Throughout his tenure in these roles, Keith gained invaluable insights into the unique challenges and remarkable resilience possessed by marginalized and international students in Canada. His academic journey is enriched by the diverse roles he played during his careers. His robust corporate background has equipped him with a wealth of knowledge facilitating the ability to teach in various disciplines, including Digital Content Creation and Strategy, Big Data, Computer Studies, and Business. This multifaceted expertise enables him to provide a well-rounded educational experience to his students. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Keith is focused on making significant contributions to the field of education. His research spotlights the experiences of international students and their resilience and choice to persist in higher education. With a strong commitment to promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization within the classroom, he aims to develop best practices that enhance the educational landscape. Keith's dedication to lifelong learning and growth reflects his philosophy: "It's a great day to learn something new", seeing himself as both teacher and student. He holds two diplomas, one in Advertising Marketing Communications and another in Computer Studies, both earned from Georgian College. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and an MBA from the University of Fredericton, specializing in leadership and innovation.
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