Kathleen McCartney (college president)
|11th President of Smith College|
|Preceded by||Carol T. Christ|
|Alma mater||Tufts University
Kathleen McCartney (born 1956) is the 11th president of Smith College. She was installed as Smith’s new president in ceremonies on October 19, 2013. Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, is a liberal arts college and one of the Seven Sisters colleges.
McCartney came to Smith from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was dean and the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development. A signature accomplishment of her Harvard tenure was the development and launch of a three-year doctorate in educational leadership in collaboration with the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government. Prior teaching and research experience includes service as a tenured assistant professor of psychology and family studies as well as director of the Child Study and Development Center at the University of New Hampshire.
Research and academic interests
McCartney’s research has focused on early experience and development, particularly with respect to child care, early childhood education, and poverty. She has published more than 150 articles and book chapters on those topics and was the principal researcher for Child Care and Child Development, a 20-year study published in 2005 that examined whether early and extensive child care disrupted the mother-child relationship. She co-edited Experience and Development, The Blackwell Handbook of Early Childhood Development, and Best Practices in Developmental Research Methods.
Awards and honors
McCartney was the recipient in 2009 of the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. In 2011 The Boston Globe named her one of the 30 most innovative people in Massachusetts. In 2013, she received the Harvard College Women’s Professional Achievement Award, which honors an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in her professional field. In March 2015, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE).
- Mattero, Sarah N. (December 10, 2012). "Smith College names Kathleen McCartney as 11th president". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
- "Kathleen McCartney, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Named 11th President of Smith College". NEWMAC. December 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
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