University of New Brunswick
EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Amanda Benjamin is an Associate Professor of Adult Education at the University of New Brunswick. She is a settler on the unsurrendered and unceded traditional territory of Wolastoqiyik. After graduating from UBC in 2006, she moved to Glasgow, Scotland where she spent two years as a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow. She went to the Congress and walked around shaking hands and asking what jobs might become available. She made as many connections as she could and landed a job. She then returned to Canada and took up her position at the University of New Brunswick. Amanda teaches adult education at UNB and her research looks at transitions to adulthood for young people, employability skills and entrepreneurship, and baby-boomer women’s experience of retirement. Amanda works with a large number of adult education students in New Brunswick, helping to guide them through undergraduate and graduate programs. Amanda lives with her husband, who she met playing softball at UBC on the Education graduate student team and they share a daughter who is the delight of their lives. She remains in awe and committed to the friends she made while a student at UBC who enriched her life and continue to do so. Amanda is proof that you can do it, even when people think you can’t.