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Deborah Donahue-Keegan

Part-Time Lecturer
Associate Director, Tisch College Initiative on Social-Emotional Learning and Civic Engagement

Deborah Donahue-Keegan

Deborah Donahue-Keegan

Part-Time Lecturer
Associate Director, Tisch College Initiative on Social-Emotional Learning and Civic Engagement

Biography: 

Dr. Deborah Donahue-Keegan is the associate director of the Tisch College Initiative on Social-Emotional Learning and Civic Engagement (SEL-CE) at Tufts University, and a part-time lecturer in the Department of Education. One of the SEL-CE initiative's primary activities is a year-long faculty development program; Deborah designed and oversees this year-long program, offered in partnership with the Tufts Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Her current research and teaching focus on social-emotional learning (SEL), equity, well-being, and inclusive excellence in education, with a specific focus on faculty professional development in higher education settings. A recognized leader in the SEL field, Deborah is a member of the Advisory Board for SEL4US (Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for the U.S.), a national advocacy organization, as well as a member of the SEL4MA (Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts) Steering Committee. She co-founded and now co-leads the Massachusetts Consortium for Social-Emotional Learning in Teacher Education (MA SEL-TEd). Deborah has presented on her SEL-focused research and practice at numerous conferences and thought leader gatherings. She has also authored a number of articles and chapters on SEL and educator professional development.

Before coming to Tufts, she was a visiting assistant professor in the Education department at Wellesley College. She earned her doctorate from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. For her dissertation research, she conducted a qualitative research study of public high school teachers' efforts to foster socio-moral and civic learning through constructive controversy. Deborah began her career in the education field as a high school teacher, for seven years, beginning in Kingston, Jamaica.