Catherine McCabe

Faculty and Affiliate

Dr. Cather­ine McCabe has been in high­er edu­ca­tion for over 22 years and has recent­ly been appoint­ed as the Dean of the Welch Col­lege of Busi­ness and Tech­nol­o­gy at Sacred Heart Uni­ver­si­ty in Fair­field, CT. Her Sacred Heart appoint­ment will begin on July 1, 2022. She is cur­rent­ly the Asso­ciate Dean of the Sawyer Busi­ness School and Dean of Under­grad­u­ate Pro­grams at Suf­folk Uni­ver­si­ty in Boston, Mass­a­chu­setts. Dr. McCabe joined the Sawyer Busi­ness School Mar­ket­ing fac­ul­ty in Sep­tem­ber 2000 after earn­ing her Doc­tor­ate in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, and Mar­ket­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ken­tucky. She is also a grad­u­ate of Saint Anselm Col­lege (B.A. Eng­lish) and Emer­son Col­lege (M.A. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Stud­ies). Cather­ine is a native Boston­ian and cur­rent­ly resides in Abing­ton, MA.

As a leader in Expe­ri­en­tial Edu­ca­tion, Dr. McCabe col­lab­o­rates with stu­dents, fac­ul­ty, admin­is­tra­tors, alum­ni, and exter­nal part­ners to devel­op expe­ri­en­tial cur­ric­u­la using the prin­ci­ples of Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing The­o­ry, i.e., the Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing Cycle, Learn­ing Styles and Pref­er­ences, and Edu­ca­tor Role Pref­er­ences. She has suc­cess­ful­ly devel­oped expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing pro­grams at the course, depart­ment, school, and uni­ver­si­ty lev­els. These ini­tia­tives empha­size the strate­gic inte­gra­tion of expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing with the unique needs of an institution’s cul­ture, result­ing in increased stu­dent reten­tion and learn­ing, as well as increased stu­dent, fac­ul­ty, and employ­er satisfaction.

In addi­tion to her expe­ri­ence as an expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tor and admin­is­tra­tor, Dr. McCabe has served in lead­er­ship posi­tions at the school and uni­ver­si­ty lev­els. She serves on the Board of Kriola’s Pro­fes­sion­al Asso­ci­a­tion and con­tin­ues to do mar­ket­ing con­sult­ing with for-prof­it and not-for-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions. Dean McCabe’s schol­ar­ship cur­rent­ly focus­es on expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing as a holis­tic, devel­op­men­tal process. Dr. McCabe is a learn­ing part­ner and con­sul­tant with the Insti­tute of Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing and works with edu­ca­tors across the globe.