Kathryn Westcott is serving as interim provost for the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Westcott joined Juniata's faculty as a member of the Psychology department in 2003. During her time as Juniata, she has served as Assistant Provost (2011-2013) and as director of the James J. Lakso Center for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2009-2010).
She earned a magna cum laude bachelor's degree in psychology from the Ohio State University in 1994. She went on to earn a master's degree in school psychology in 1998 and a doctorate in school psychology in 2001, both from the University of Cincinnati.
As Assistant Provost, Dr. Westcott served as a co-chair of Juniata's decennial accreditation review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She also has been active in developing and implementing a plan for general education assessment. She also has been involved with Juniata's Intercultural Learning Assessment Committee, which is focused on assessing intercultural learning across campus.
Before starting her academic career, Dr. Westcott worked as a school psychologist in a variety of public school districts serving children and families from preschool to high school. During this time, she also served as a practicum and intern supervisor for school psychology trainees through the University of Cincinnati and the University of Dayton. She also worked in community mental health from 1994 to 1996 as a psychiatric case manager integrating adults with chronic mental illness into the community.
Dr. Westcott is active in research on teaching and learning and frequently presents this research to Division 2 of the American Psychological Association, The Teaching of Psychology.