On Monday, July 31, Dr. Katherine Stanton joined the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning as Senior Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives and Programs after a decade of roles of increasing responsibility at Harvard University. Dr. Stanton, after receiving her Ph.D. in Literatures in English from Rutgers University and teaching in the Rutgers Writing Program, served as Assistant Director of the McGraw Center from 2003 – 2007, where she helped design and implement the current Teaching Transcript program for graduate students. She left Princeton in 2007 to take up the role of Resident Dean of Currier House at Harvard University, where she served as adviser for all members of the house and taught regularly in the Freshman Seminar Program and the Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality Program. After serving for one year as Senior Resident Dean – with responsibility for representing the house deans in important college-level decisions - Dr. Stanton moved from the Harvard Houses to the position of Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education, where she worked closely with faculty and the graduate schools to manage the instructional support budget and consider requests for funding for new pedagogical initiatives. In 2014 she moved to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to take up the role of Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, a member of the HGSE’s senior leadership team charged with advising the dean on all faculty matters from initial appointments to tenure offers.
The depth and breadth of Dr. Stanton’s administrative experiences are complemented by a sustained and ongoing commitment to teaching, and to helping teachers be more effective in the classroom. She has taught a wide range of courses on postcolonial literature, feminist theory and contemporary literature, in addition to presenting and writing on important pedagogical issues in higher education. At McGraw, Dr. Stanton has primary responsibility for the faculty development program, as well as oversight of the English Language Program and the Graduate Pedagogy Program. Her office is in 235 Lewis Library.