Bio: Dr. Catherine WoodBrooks earned her Ph.D. in higher education/student affairs from The Ohio State University. She currently serves as vice president for student affairs at Assumption College, a residential Catholic liberal arts and professional studies college in Worcester, MA. She is responsible for oversight of co-curricular departments that include residential life, campus recreation, the cross-cultural center, and more.
Dr. WoodBrooks’ career in higher education ranges from positions at large research universities to small private colleges. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on student development, given over fifty national presentations, been the recipient of numerous grants, and developed and implemented national award-winning programs such as SOPHIA, the sophomore initiative at Assumption. In 2017 she was recognized by CampusLabs, an integrated software and cloud-based assessment company, with a “Trailblazer Award” for creative rubric design and successful student learning outcomes. She serves on the board of the Association of Student Affairs for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities and works as a Hospice Volunteer for VNA Hospice in Worcester. Dr. WoodBrooks is a lifelong learner as demonstrated by her eclectic pursuits. She is an avid equestrian, certified paddle board instructor, and a soon to be certified Strengths Based Leadership coach through Gallup, Inc.
Dr. WoodBrooks’ next adventure takes her to Italy, where she will teach courses in leadership theory and Italian culture for the fall 2019 semester at Assumption College’s campus in Rome.
Location: Student Affairs
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Description: Assumption College is a Catholic College founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship, and compassionate service. As a Catholic university, Assumption has an obligation to encourage wherever appropriate the study of the best authors, artists and thinkers who have been inspired by the Catholic tradition. It promotes the free search for the whole truth about nature, the human being, and God. As a university, it considers it to be an essential dimension of the intellectual life to pursue serious reflection on all important questions and to study all major thinkers that help us to deepen an understanding of these questions. Consequently, in different ways and in keeping with the gifts of each one, all are able to contribute to the carrying out of Assumption’s mission.