Dean of the Faculty

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About the Dean of the Faculty 


Kathryn C. Oleson

Dean of the Faculty
Patricia and Clifford Lunneborg Professor of Psychology 
Eliot Hall 318A

Professor Kathy Oleson was appointed to serve as the dean of the faculty on July 1, 2020, following more than 25 years of teaching experience at Reed as a professor of psychology. Kathy is an exemplary teacher and scholar who has demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing Reed’s academic program. Kathy’s research background makes her particularly qualified for the dean of the faculty role; her current research project explores inclusivity in classrooms with a focus on classroom dynamics. Kathy has also held numerous leadership roles prior to her current position. From July 2014 to June 2016, she served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, where she demonstrated a collaborative leadership style and a focused commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 joined the Reed faculty in 1995 after she earned her PhD in social psychology at Princeton University, funded by a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship. She was a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Ohio State University from 1993 to 1995. > See Kathryn C. Oleson's Curriculum Vitae