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Spring 2022: Mediterranean Exploration
Assistant Executive Dean

Kathleen Manning

Discipline: Education

Dr. Kathleen Manning (she/her/hers) is eager to sail for a fourth time on the Spring 2022 voyage. Dr. Manning brings to shipboard life 40 years of work experience in higher education in the U.S. and internationally. She’s committed to building community to enhance students’ college experience and enable their personal and academic success. From 1989-2014, she was a professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Vermont. A desire to enhance the social justice student affairs curriculum motivated her change from administration to faculty.

In previous voyages, Dr. Manning was faculty teaching Race and Culture, International Higher Education, Leadership Development, and Rhetoric of Social Justice. Highlights from voyages included meals with students, field visits, Sea Olympics, and visiting new countries. She’s eager to serve as Assistant Executive Dean.

International travel is one of Dr. Manning’s passions. She’s taught and consulted through SAS and Fulbrights in China, Hong Kong, and Ireland. Hobbies include volunteering, sailing, yoga, alpine ski instructing, biking, classical and live music. She enjoys getting out on her Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle and Vespa scooter.

Dr. Manning has a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University; master of science in Counseling and Student Personnel from University at Albany; and Bachelor of Arts in biology from Marist College. Her research and scholarly interests include social justice, international higher education, student affairs practice, student engagement, and organizational theory. She received NASPA’s Outstanding Contribution to the Literature and/or Research and recognition as a Pillar of the Profession. Her on-campus awards include recognition for LGBTQA, anti-racism, and women’s advocacy. 

Dr. Manning’s partner, Keith Kennedy (he/him) will accompany her on the 2022 voyage. They live in Burlington, Vermont with nearby extended family. Keith sailed in Summer 2010 and Fall 2012 during which he worked in the computer lab.