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Dr. Dale Kirby


Dr. Dale Kirby is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Memorial’s Post-Secondary Education Studies programs. Prior to joining Memorial, he worked as a public servant in the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Kirby completed his doctorate in Theory and Policy Studies in Education (Higher Education) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education where he conducted research on rural post-secondary student finances and students’ choices to study beyond high school. He is a seventh generation Newfoundlander, originally from Lord's Cove on the Burin Peninsula of the island, where his family’s history has long been tied to that of inshore fishing industries. His interest in post-secondary education as a field of study first emerged in the in the 1990s when he worked on post-secondary access and affordability issues with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Students.

Dr. Kirby studies transitions to post-secondary education and the labour market, student persistence and success, apprenticeship and skilled trades training, student financial assistance, as well as post-secondary education policy and program development. He has published in the Alberta Journal of Educational Research, the Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, and the Journal of Student Financial Aid.

He is also the author of one of Canada’s most widely-read blogs about trends, issues, practices and problems in the field of post-secondary studies. Dr. Kirby is currently co-investigator on a five-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) study of student transition to post-secondary education and the workforce.
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