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Paul Neal
Faculty, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Teaching at Cairn since 2014

Paul Neal


  • PhD (ABD), Temple University
  • MA, Villanova University
  • BA, Eastern University


Paul is the co-founder and partner at Charter Oak Research, a marketing research and consulting firm serving private schools, non-profits, and businesses. Paul is also Senior Fellow at Center for the Advancement of Christian Education at Dordt College.

Paul has presented and been published on various topics including the use of normative data in analysis, respondent motives, trends in education and online communities, respondent quality in research, governance, and public policy on education.

Prior to founding Charter Oak Research, Paul was a Principal at Olson Research Group for 15 years.  In that capacity, Paul directed the research offerings of the company, primarily focusing on the life sciences and business-to-business markets. Paul’s role in leading research offerings, design, and analytics on behalf of clients has included thousands of studies across most marketing research topics.

Prior to Olson Research, Paul was Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University. This center was responsible for qualitative research on political culture and US Public Policy as well as training on government reform and service delivery instruction among local government officials both in the US and internationally.  Here, Paul played a lead role in determining and proposing the appropriate approach given the research need.

Paul has contributed to several political encyclopedias and international publications. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at several Philadelphia area universities and consults on appropriate uses of research for marketing research and intelligence needs.

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Academic Specialties & Interests:

  • Market Research
  • Public Policy on Education