Al Gardiner, Ph.D.

Dean of Education and Professor of Education (Retired), 
University College of the
Phone: 204-623-6112

Upon graduating from high school in 1968, Al attended Centennial College where he earned a diploma in business in 1970. That experience prompted him to further his studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where he earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 1974. His experience at Trent University heightened his appreciation for the value of education which in turn led him to pursue a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Western Ontario which he completed in 1975. After having accepted a teaching position with the Kelsey School Division in The Pas, Manitoba, Al furthered his education by earning a Post-Baccalaureate degree from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba and a Master of Education degree from the Ontario Institute in Education at the University of Toronto in 1986. Al has also completed additional courses in counseling, special education and school administration. Through the Taos Institute and Tilburg University, Al conducted doctoral research with a focus on Social Constructionism and inclusive education within an Aboriginal and northern context. Al had the Doctor of Philosophy degree conferred by Tilburg University in May, 2015. 

In his over thirty nine years of experience in education, Al has been a classroom teacher, school counselor, school administrator and Superintendent of Schools in the Kelsey school Division. During his tenure with the Kelsey School Division, Al was an instructor at Keewatin Community College’s Applied Counselling Programme. In January 2008, Al became the Dean of Education of the University College of the North’s nascent Kenanow Bachelor of Education program and related programs in the Faculty of Education. After over five years as the Dean of Education at University College of the North, Al stepped down from his position as dean and accepted a position as a professor in the Kenanow Bachelor of Education programme, and held that position until June, 2015. Al is currently a research team member of the Vital Outcomes Indicator for Community Engagement, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project. VOICE project link:

Al has also held leadership positions in the Kelsey Teachers’ Association, Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, and the Rotary Club of The Pas. 

Al Gardiner has been presented with the Kelsey School Division Recognition Award and the Lorimer Award by University College of the North for outstanding contributions to education and Rotary’s Paul Harris Award for “service above self”.

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