Dale Mullings

Dale Mullings
Affiliation: 
Staff
Place of Birth: 
Trenton, ON
Graduation Years: 
2003
Department / Division: 
Assistant Dean
Students & International Initiatives

Living in residence was a defining moment for me. I had such a meaningful residence experience that it propelled me toward a career in student life.

Dale Mullings

Dale Mullings came to U of T Mississauga to earn his honours BA and stayed to make his mark in student services.

Mullings, one of a first generation of university students in his family, lived in residence during each of his four years at UTM, an experience that led to his career path.

“I became a residence don and supported my own first-year housing community,” he said. “In my fourth year, my supervisor asked me if I’d considered a career in student affairs. I didn’t know there was such a thing.”

Mullings was hired as UTM’s first-ever residence life co-ordinator, opening a whole world of career possibilities. A year later, he enrolled in a master’s degree program in higher education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education as a way of better understanding the post-secondary education system. He soon had a chance to apply his knowledge when UTM created a new position for him: coordinator of residential transition programs.

“I put my master’s degree to work,” Mullings said.

He established rezONE, a first-year residence experience program that featured 15 academic living communities supported by student staff. It spread campus-wide and expanded to include commuter students, assist first-generation students and develop student leaders.

As the campus grew, Mullings moved on to become director of student housing and residence life. Given that three additional buildings had recently been added, the financial challenges were considerable, but he and his team collaborated to find solutions. Next, he became director of residence and student life, overseeing the creation of an international education centre that increases student opportunities abroad and a new student life department that offers a variety of co-curricular programs and supports for students.

Mullings’ portfolio continues to grow, and, today, he is the assistant dean of students and international initiatives. “My team and I have the chance to create opportunities that have an impact on the student experience and to evaluate the evidence of the impact that has on student success,” he says. “Our collective goal is to help as many students as possible complete their degrees, and my job is to help the team do that. I love it.”

 

Selected Awards:

Excellence Through Innovation Award, 2011, University of Toronto;

Emerging Professional Award, 2006, Canadian Association of College and University Student Services,

 

Selected Publications:

Academica Forum: Good News for the Champions of On-Campus Housing, January 2017