Katherine G. O’Dair, Ph.D.
Katherine (Katie) O'Dair, Ph.D. is the associate vice president for Student Affairs at Boston College. She is responsible for supervising the engagement area which includes the Offices of Graduate Student Life, Student Involvement, Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center, and the Women’s Center. She also oversees assessment efforts within the division of student affairs, the creation of collaborative programs with academic affairs, and diversity initiatives within the division. Ms. O’Dair serves as the student affairs Title IX coordinator, overseeing the University’s sexual assault education, prevention, and response efforts.
Previously she served for five years as associate dean for graduate student life at Boston College, directing a comprehensive student life program for 4,900 graduate and professional students. From 1996 through 2004, she served as an assistant dean in the division of student life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she oversaw the residential life programs office, student activities, and served on the crisis response team for the University.
Ms. O’Dair holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a master’s degree in student personnel and counseling from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her scholarly interests include student engagement, student learning, and graduate student concerns. She is actively involved in the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and presents both regionally and nationally on topics such as assessment of student learning, assessment practices, and graduate and professional student concerns. She is a past national and region 1 chair of the NASPA Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services Knowledge Community and served on the NASPA Region 1 advisory board. She has presented nationally with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU) and has written in the NASPA magazine Leadership Exchange. She is a competitive master’s swimmer, avid runner and cyclist and serves on the volunteer leadership team for the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC).