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Elizabeth McKinsey

Elizabeth McKinsey

Elizabeth McKinsey

Carleton College

Elizabeth McKinsey served as Dean of the College at Carleton College from 1989 until 2002. As chief academic officer, she oversaw the founding of Carleton's Learning and Teaching Center, helped restructure the governance system to return educational policy to the faculty (rather than an all-college council), increased support for faculty development, designed the new faculty mentoring program, encouraged the development of interdisciplinary programs, and supported further internationalization of the College.

She has served on reaccreditation teams and as a consultant for a number of liberal arts colleges, and on the Board of the American Council of Academic Deans. As Professor of English and American Studies since 2002, she teaches courses on 19th century American Literature and landscape, literature of the South, literature and art of the Midwest, and "Writing about America and Globalization." She is the author of Niagara Falls: Icon of the American Sublime, as well as articles on American painting, Southern literature, Transcendentalism, and issues related to teaching and learning.

A graduate of Radcliffe College, she earned the Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University. She taught at Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University, and served as Director of the Bunting Institute (a research institute, now the Radcliffe Institute). One current research project is on mentoring; another concerns the early National Parks.