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Trustees approve promotions and tenure for three USM faculty members

Images of professors Peabody, Stewart McCafferty and Gerstenblatt

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved tenure this Spring for three University of Southern Maine faculty members:  Mary Anne Peabody, Ph.D., Anita Stewart McCafferty, Ed.D. and Paula Gerstenblatt, Ph.D. All three have been promoted to the rank of associate professor.

Mary Anne Peabody, Ph.D. is a Department Chair of Social and Behavioral Science. She holds a doctorate degree in Executive Leadership, a certificate of advanced graduate study in School Counseling, a master’s degree in Social Work and bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Recreational therapy. Prior to coming to USM, she served as the Deputy Director of National Services with Children’s Institute; a non-profit agency affiliated with the University of Rochester in New York. Previously, she worked in public elementary schools as a school counselor/social worker, and in private practice, in residential treatment and in children’s hospitals as a Child Life Specialist.

Anita Stewart McCafferty, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of Educational Leadership at USM. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1994 and her master's degree in 1998 from the University of Maine before earning her Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. During fifteen years of public school teaching, she served as athletic director, assistant principal, and principal at middle schools in Maine. She also has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine in Orono and at Kennebec Valley Community College.

Paula Gerstenblatt, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Social Work. She is the founder and former director of the Mart Community Project located in rural Mart, Texas, a community development initiative and nationally recognized model of a reciprocal community-university partnership. The project has received numerous grants, including two National Endowment of the Arts Design awards. Gerstenblatt earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013.