About

kn-full-export-color-1Explorations on misc-joy are written and created by Kenley Neufeld.

Kenley is a Mindfulness Teacher in the Plum Village tradition and is Dean of Educational Programs at Santa Barbara City College.

He lives in Ojai, CA with his partner, Leslie Davis, and their two children. Kenley was born in Jos, Nigeria while his parents were there teaching for Mennonite Central Committee. Though he considers Fresno his hometown (he moved there when he was 7), he has lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Akron, PA; Lusaka, Zambia; Spokane, WA; Santa Cruz; Fallbrook; La Jolla; San Francisco; and two summers in Bethel, Alaska. He moved to Ojai in 2005 after visiting family in Ojai since 1990. Kenley enjoys spending time with his family, motorcycle riding, traveling, reading, meditating, volunteering his technology skills, and listening to music. For 10 years he worked part-time for Bill Graham Presents, a concert promoter in the Bay Area, and saw hundreds of bands in concert.

In 2005 Kenley was ordained into the Order of Interbeing, a Buddhist organization formed by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, as a lay member. In 2012, Kenley received the Lamp of Wisdom, and is Dharmacharya Chân Niem Hy, from Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community. Dharma Teachers (Dharmacharyas) are members of the Core Community of the Order of Interbeing who have been selected as teachers based on their stability in the practice and ability to lead a happy life. He has been supporting sangha work in Southern California through leading days of mindfulness and teaching workshops based from his home in Ojai since 2005. Kenley is a lifelong pacifist, has been a vegetarian since 1989, and enjoys politics.

Kenley Neufeld received his Masters of Library Science from San Jose State University and his Bachelor of Arts in History from University of California, San Diego. He received the 2009 Association of College & Research Libraries, Community & Junior College Libraries Section, Ebsco Learning Resources Leadership Award and the Luria Library, where he serves as Library Director, received the 2011 Association of College & Research Libraries, Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. He received the Santa Barbara City College Faculty Excellence Award for 2008. In 1997 he was one of 25 librarians selected for the ALA Emerging Leaders Institute.

Teaching has been one of Kenley’s passions. In 1993, Kenley taught internet workshops at the dawn of the web, then taught computer skills to high school students from 1994-2000. As the coordinator for the Library Technology Program at Fresno City College he provided instruction for library staff throughout the Central Valley. Since coming to Santa Barbara City College, Kenley has developed two online courses: Library 101, Basic Information Literacy and MAT 149, Social Media and Social Networking. Find some presentations on my Speakerdeck.

In addition to the social media sites linked above in the header, you can view my professional portfolio on LinkedIn. If you are looking for images to use for an event or activity with Kenley, please see the approved portfolio.

Short Professional Bio: Kenley is the Dean for the Library, English as a Second Language, School of Modern Languages, Physical Education/Health/Dance, Distance Education, and Faculty Resource Center at Santa Barbara City College. From 2006-2014, he was the Library Director at Santa Barbara City College. He has significant experience with technology, leadership, innovation, planning, and social engineering. He brings excitement and transformation to organizations and provides a fresh, creative, and experimental work environment. He received the 2009 Association of College & Research Libraries, Community & Junior College Libraries Section, Ebsco Learning Resources Leadership Award and the Luria Library, where he serves as Library Director, received the 2011 Association of College & Research Libraries, Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. He received the Santa Barbara City College Faculty Excellence Award for 2008. In 1997 he was one of 25 librarians selected for the ALA Emerging Leaders Institute. Teaching has been one of Kenley’s passions. In 1993, Kenley taught internet workshops at the dawn of the web, then taught computer skills to high school students from 1994-2000. As the coordinator for the Library Technology Program at Fresno City College he provided instruction for library staff throughout the Central Valley. Since coming to Santa Barbara City College, Kenley has developed two online courses: Library 101, Basic Information Literacy and MAT 149, Social Media and Social Networking. He received his Masters of Library Science from San Jose State University and his Bachelor of Arts in History from University of California, San Diego.

 

 

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