Betty McEady, Ed.D.

Betty McEady, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus


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Betty McEady

Dr. Betty McEady is a Professor and Coordinator of the Single Subject Program at Brandman University-Walnut Creek Campus, where she joined the Brandman School of Education in 2008.  Her teaching career began in 1966 in secondary schools in Florida, Georgia, and eventually community colleges in California for over 18 years. She completed a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Reading/Language Arts at the University of San Francisco, and this launched her twenty-five year career in teacher education in the California State University system at various campuses.

Dr. McEady was a founding faculty at California State University, Monterey Bay/CSUMB, (from 1995- 2007), where she chaired the Departments of Liberal Studies and Teacher Education and served as interim director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. It was at CSUMB where she enhanced her skills in designing outcomes-based curriculum in teacher education and liberal arts, writing and developing documentation for regional and national accreditation, chairing the faculty senate, and organizing and facilitating faculty learning communities.  When she retired from the CSU system, she was awarded Faculty Emerita status in recognition for her contributions to the development and initial accreditation of the CSU Monterey Bay campus.

Additional professional activity and scholarship include: teacher training and development in West Africa as a Fulbright Scholar, and recent chapters in three books on: (1) a “Study of ‘Best Practices’ in Assessment: A Visible and Public Learning Process,” (2) “Restoring Soul to Education: Reflections on the Division of Spirit from Matter in Teaching and Learning,” and (3) Collaboration and Peak Performance of Faculty in Learning Communities.

As a professional educator and life-long learner, Dr. McEady holds two California credentials in secondary education and community college. She earned a certificate in Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College, and she is completing research for a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology, with an emphasis in Community Psychology.  She has served on numerous faculty leadership committees at various institutions of higher education.

  • Curriculum and Instruction in Education
  • Reading and English/Language Arts
  • Women in Higher Education Administration/Leadership
  • Depth Psychology, emphasis in Community Psychology
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Multicultural Education

Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California : 2012
M.A. in Depth Psychology, emphasis in Community Psychology

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California : 1982
Ed.D.,  Curriculum and Instruction: Reading & Language Arts

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California : 1976
M.S., Secondary Education: Reading & Language Arts

Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama : 1966
B.S., English & Social Studies Education

Scholarly Activities

2013: Program Reviewer for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
McEady, B.  (2013). Like a column of birds: Insights into collaboration, community, and peak  performance of faculty in start-up university contexts.  In P. Mitchell & S. Ramirez
(Eds.), Collaboration and peak performance: A multidisciplinary perspective for emerging leaders (pp. 51-70).  Palo Alto: Robertson Publishing.

McEady, B. (June 20-23, 2012).  Presentation at Summer Institute of the International Alliance of Teacher Scholars:  “Brandman University School of Education Approaches to Building Collaboration and Learning Communities in Virtual Contexts”.

(2009-2010).  Advisory Panel Member, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; revised the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and Teacher Performance Expectations.

McEady, B. (2009).  Restoring soul to teaching: Reflections on integrating cognitive and metaphysical approaches to teaching and learning.  In D.P. Slattery & J.L. Selig (Eds.). Reimagining education: Essays in reviving the soul of learning (pp. 51-67). New Orleans: Spring Journal Books.

(2009):  Workshop Facilitator:  “Student Learning Outcomes Assessment and University Success” Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA, 2005, 2006, & 2009 (consultant).

McEady, B. (2006).  Best practices in assessment: Making our process visible and public.  In A. Driscoll and D.C. Noriega (Eds.), Taking ownership of accreditation: Assessment processes that promote institutional improvement and faculty engagement (pp. 141- 170). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Professional Experience

My professional experience includes 18 years of teaching at public and private middle and high schools, adult education centers, and community colleges in Florida, Georgia, and California.  In each setting, I taught English/Language Arts, literature, special education, reading and writing skills, English-as-a –Second Language, and/or study skills.  I have significant experience supervising teacher candidates in secondary schools, presenting workshops in several states for secondary teachers in outcomes-based teaching, learning and assessment, and serving on professional panels and boards in various school districts.  Currently, I represent Brandman University on the San Francisco Unified School Board for Institutions of Higher Education for Teacher Preparation.