My name is Nick Farnell and I am running for the faculty position on the Board of Governors at Niagara College.

I have had many roles within post secondary education in the last 15 years, and am the coordinator of the Business Analytics post-graduate program at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.

On the academic side, I have been a part-time faculty, partial-load, full-time faculty, and now program coordinator. I have developed curriculum, proposed new programs, delivered in-class, online, and hybrid courses, and I understand the rewards and challenges of being and educator.

On the college support side, I have held roles in communications, the office of the registrar, recruitment, residence life, and student life. I have an appreciation for the many roles on campus that contribute to student success.

I have also held on campus roles in management at both Humber College as the Operations Manager and Niagara College as the Academic Business Manager (BHE). These roles helped me gain an appreciation for both the strategic decisions and complex operational tasks that need to be executed to ensure we continue to be a competitive college.

My wife Jennifer, our two daughters, and puppy named “Pepper” love living in St. Davids a few minutes away from the NOTL campus.

Based on my previous on campus experience, educational background, and board/committee experience, I think I would be able to represent you on the board of governors. Most importantly however, I want to hear directly from you to get an understanding of what unique challenges you are facing – schedule a time to meet with me by clicking this link.

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Awards and Accomplishments

These student driven awards recognize faculty and staff who exemplify selfless dedication and excellence in their contributions to the Humber College community.

This award recognizes Humber employees who have designed and implemented a significant innovation that positively impacts the learning of students in the College.

Awarded to one graduating student in the School of Media Studies and Information Technology who has made a significant contribution to Humber by demonstrating leadership and participation in both the academic and student life of the college while maintaining a strong overall academic record.

Successfully campaigned and was elected President of the Humber Students’ Federation, representing the over 18,000 full time Humber students.

Highest academic standing in first semester of Rich Media program.

Committee and Board Experience

  • Academic Reference Group (Humber College)
  • Curriculum Committee (University of Guelph-Humber)
  • College Management Team (Niagara College)
  • Board Member – Next Niagara (GNCC – Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce)
  • Humber Students’ Federation – Student President (Humber College)
  • “Showcase” – Academic Conference Planning Team (Humber College)
  • Internal Communications Committee (Humber College)
  • Campus Operations Committee (Humber College)
  • College Open House Committee (Humber College)
  • Orientation Committee (Humber College)
  • Campus Food Operations Committee (Humber College)
  • Sustainability Committee (Humber College)

Conference Presentations

This presentation focused on using RStudio to collect census data and performance data to analyze correlations between high performing schools and neighbourhood characteristics.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA February 2013 – Spark Plugs – Toronto
Presentation and discussion around using digital media to enhance and encourage student engagement on campus.

STRATEGIC DIGITAL MEDIA July 2012 – PSEWEB Conference – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Presentation about creating a Digital Media Strategic plan, including audience, scope, successes and failures.

SOCIAL MEDIA 101 December 2010 – Humber Lecture Series – Orangeville, Ontario
Discussion about how to get involved with social networks from an individual’s point of view as well as a review of some popular networks.

SOCIAL MEDIA ON CAMPUS June 2010 – Humber Showcase – Toronto, Ontario
Lecture style presentation about what social media is, how students are using it, and a discussion about some popular networks.

DIGITAL MEDIA AND YOUTH May 2008 – Association of Canadian Community Colleges – Prince George BC
Presentation on the creation of the Pro Tech Media Centre – an opportunity to provide access to young people in the Humber community to access skills and experience related to digital media.