Danuta Bukatko, professor of psychology and director of the women’s and gender studies program, has been selected as the first person to hold the Joseph H. Maguire ’58 Professorship in Education at the College of the Holy Cross.
The Joseph H. Maguire ’58 Professorship in Education is named for the distinguished alumnus of the College who went on to serve for 39 years as a member of the education department and as a class dean. Upon his retirement from the College in 2001, over 240 graduates who had been mentored by “Dean Joe” created an endowment to establish the Maguire Professorship in his honor. This effort was ably and generously led by Kathy and Ed Ludwig ’73, and Susan ’79 and Bob Brennan ’81. Joe’s sister, Ann, provided valuable assistance as the project proceeded. Sadly, Dean Maguire passed away before the fund raising campaign was completed.
Today, as in Dean Maguire’s time, a significant number of Holy Cross students envisage careers as high school or middle school teachers. Many more will confront issues of education policy as professionals in other fields, as parents, or as members of local school boards. Through the education department, Holy Cross seeks to train excellent teachers and to offer courses of general interest to students who are majoring in other fields.
As the new Maguire Professor in Education, Bukatko will chair the education department, bringing to the position both extensive experience in the field of developmental psychology and a well deserved reputation for collegiality and effective leadership in the College. Bukatko will retain her tenured position in psychology while serving her four-year term.
Bukatko, a resident of Harvard, Mass., holds academic degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She joined the College in 1976 as an assistant professor of psychology. She served both as chair of that department from 1978 to 1984 and as a class dean of the College from 1984 to 1990, a period that overlapped with Dean Maguire’s tenure as dean for two of the other classes. She is currently director of the women’s and gender studies program.
Bukatko is co-author with Marvin W. Daehler of Child Development: A Thematic Approach (Houghton Mifflin, fifth edition 2003). She has published journal articles and made presentations at professional meetings, a number of them co-authored in recent years with Holy Cross students. Her latest book, Child and Adolescent Development, has just appeared from Houghton Mifflin.
Her appointment will take effect in August 2007. The College will announce plans for an inaugural celebration later in the year.