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Kate McCleary, Ph.D.

Director of the Global Education Office

Kate S. McCleary is the director of the Global Education Office at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She coordinates and administers all aspects of the college’s education abroad programs, oversees international student services, and is a member of the International Education Committee and Diversity Committee. McCleary has worked at Lehigh University, and in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of MN where she coordinated and taught an on-line course on intercultural learning. In addition to the on-line course, McCleary has served as an instructor for courses on research methods, social justice, and a first year seminar on university life. She thoroughly enjoys her time in the classroom with students as she appreciates being a part of their learning and discovery of themselves in relationship to the other peoples and cultures. McCleary’s current research interests are threefold: intercultural adjustment and acculturation, youth agency and voice, and gender and education. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, CARE USA, and Save the Children through which she has conducted research in Spain, Honduras, and Nicaragua, respectively. She is a member of NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, and the Washington College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Society.


B.A., Muhlenberg College

M.Ed., Lehigh University

Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Johnstone, C., DeJaeghere, J., & McCleary, K. (2013). Internationalizing the curriculum through international development projects: A case study on reflexivity, collaboration, and experiential learning. The International HETL Review. Volume 3, Article 2,

Paige, R.M., Harvey, T.A., & McCleary, K.S. (2012). The maximizing study abroad project: Toward a pedagogy for culture and language learning. In M. Vande Berg, R. M. Paige, K. Hemming Lou (editors) Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They’re Not, and What We Can Do About It. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

DeJaeghere, J. & McCleary, K.S. (2010). The making of Mexican migrant youth civic identity: Transnational spaces and imaginaries. Anthropology of Education Quarterly, 40, 3, 228-244.