McDaniel College selects new provost


McDaniel College selected a new provost and dean of the faculty. Dr. Jeanine S. Stewart, a professor of psychology with a decade of experience in higher education administration, joins McDaniel College effective July 1.

Dr. Stewart strongly believes in the power of the student-centered liberal arts education offered at McDaniel. She has held senior-level leadership positions at both Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., and at Hollins University, Roanoke, Va., where since 2008, she has served as the chief academic officer.

“I learned that innovation is alive at McDaniel College and I am committed to supporting this distinctive model of education, communicating its value to students, and nurturing the engagement of the institution’s supportive alumni,” Stewart said.

At McDaniel she will be responsible for planning, administering and enhancing the academic program both at the undergraduate and graduate levels with oversight of such academic support areas as academic advising, library and instructional technology, the office of the registrar, institutional research, faculty development and grants.

“Following an extensive national search, we chose Dr. Stewart for her remarkable skills as a strategic thinker, leader and collaborator. She is an excellent educator who values the synergy between teaching and scholarship, and she models the values of McDaniel’s mission and first principles,” McDaniel president Roger Casey said.

“McDaniel’s [Western Maryland College] founding charter positions the college at the vanguard of societal change, as a coeducational institution that, as early as 1867, was grounded in principles of equity and inclusion,” noted Stewart in her letter of application.

“Institutions like McDaniel College create spaces for intellectual innovation by juxtaposing art and science, or politics and literature, not only via interdisciplinary curricula but also in residence halls and on playing fields where one cannot avoid learning from those who analyze problems through a different lens.”

At Hollins University, Stewart oversees two of the oldest study-abroad programs in the country, in Paris and in London. Under her leadership, Hollins began a summer internship program in London that has grown in popularity since its successful launch in 2009. She has also worked to strengthen Hollins’ NCAA Division III athletics program with increased emphasis on the recruitment of competitive student-athletes.

Prior to joining Hollins, she served as interim dean of the college and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Washington and Lee University. She has made presentations at the Council of Independent College’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and CIC’s annual Institute for Chief Academic Officers. Stewart served on several Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation teams, and she currently serves on the board of the Roanoke Higher Education Authority.

A native of Newport, Rhode Island, Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass., where she majored in psychology, and a Ph.D. in sensory and systems neuroscience from the University of Virginia. She completed her postdoctoral training in neurobiological development at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. She has contributed to the peer-reviewed literature in neuroscience and is currently working on a collaborative scholarly project with two accountants and a social psychologist focused on the connection between employee well-being and the financial bottom line of organizations.

Her husband, Robert Stewart, is chair of the psychology department at Washington and Lee University. They have two daughters.

Stewart succeeds Dr. Thomas Falkner, who served as McDaniel provost and dean of the faculty since 2004. Falkner is returning to teaching at McDaniel and recently led a Jan Term study tour to Greece.

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McDaniel College, recognized nationally among 40 “Colleges That Change Lives” and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research,teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.

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