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Betty McEady EdD

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Betty McEady, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus


Curriculum and Instruction in Education


Walnut Creek

Dr. Betty McEady is a professor emeritus in the School of Education at University of Massachusetts Global-Walnut Creek Campus, where she began working in 2008.  Her teaching career began in 1966 in secondary schools in Florida, Georgia, and eventually community colleges in California. She completed a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Reading/Language Arts at the University of San Francisco, and this launched her 25-year career in teacher education in the California State University system at various campuses.

Dr. McEady was a founding faculty at California State University, Monterey Bay/CSUMB, (from 1995- 2007), where she chaired the Departments of Liberal Studies and Teacher Education and served as interim director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. It was at CSUMB where she enhanced her skills in designing outcomes-based curriculum in teacher education and liberal arts, writing and developing documentation for regional and national accreditation, chairing the faculty senate, and organizing and facilitating faculty learning communities.  When she retired from the CSU system, she was awarded Faculty Emerita status in recognition for her contributions to the development and initial accreditation of the CSU Monterey Bay campus.

Additional professional activity and scholarship include: teacher training and development in West Africa as a Fulbright Scholar, and recent chapters in three books on: (1) a “Study of ‘Best Practices’ in Assessment: A Visible and Public Learning Process,” (2) “Restoring Soul to Education: Reflections on the Division of Spirit from Matter in Teaching and Learning,” and (3) Collaboration and Peak Performance of Faculty in Learning Communities.

As a professional educator and life-long learner, Dr. McEady holds two California credentials in secondary education and community college. She earned a certificate in Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College, and she is completing research for a Ph.D. in depth psychology, with an emphasis in community psychology.  She has served on numerous faculty leadership committees at various institutions of higher education.



  • Curriculum and Instruction in Education
  • Reading and EnglishLanguage Arts
  • Women in Higher Education Administration and Leadership
  • Depth Psychology emphasis in Community Psychology
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Multicultural Education


Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California : 2012
M.A. in Depth Psychology, emphasis in Community Psychology

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California : 1982
Ed.D.,  Curriculum and Instruction: Reading & Language Arts

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California : 1976
M.S., Secondary Education: Reading & Language Arts

Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama : 1966
B.S., English & Social Studies Education

Scholarly Activities

2013: Program Reviewer for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
McEady, B.  (2013). Like a column of birds: Insights into collaboration, community, and peak  performance of faculty in start-up university contexts.  In P. Mitchell & S. Ramirez
(Eds.), Collaboration and peak performance: A multidisciplinary perspective for emerging leaders (pp. 51-70).  Palo Alto: Robertson Publishing.

McEady, B. (June 20-23, 2012).  Presentation at Summer Institute of the International Alliance of Teacher Scholars:  “University of Massachusetts Global School of Education Approaches to Building Collaboration and Learning Communities in Virtual Contexts”.

(2009-2010).  Advisory Panel Member, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; revised the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and Teacher Performance Expectations.

McEady, B. (2009).  Restoring soul to teaching: Reflections on integrating cognitive and metaphysical approaches to teaching and learning.  In D.P. Slattery & J.L. Selig (Eds.). Reimagining education: Essays in reviving the soul of learning (pp. 51-67). New Orleans: Spring Journal Books.

(2009):  Workshop Facilitator:  “Student Learning Outcomes Assessment and University Success” Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA, 2005, 2006, & 2009 (consultant).

McEady, B. (2006).  Best practices in assessment: Making our process visible and public.  In A. Driscoll and D.C. Noriega (Eds.), Taking ownership of accreditation: Assessment processes that promote institutional improvement and faculty engagement (pp. 141- 170). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

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