kathy_mccleaf2Professor of Education and Gender and Sexuality Studies; BS, MS, James Madison University; EdD, University of Phoenix


Sexuality and Gender Studies is coordinated through the Sociology, Anthropology, Sexuality and Gender Studies Department by Dr. McCleaf. She has served the Mary Baldwin community as a faculty member since 1984.  Academic degrees include BS and MS degrees from James Madison University; Harrisonburg, Virginia and an Ed D in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix; Phoenix, Arizona. Professor McCleaf’s qualitative dissertation examined the identity development and academic success of sexual minority women. Her current research continues this line of inquiry to further understand the with-in group status and structures that affect learning and academic success for sexual minorities. Dr. McCleaf’s classes offer students opportunities to inquiry into the discipline of sexuality and gender studies.

In the off hours during the academic year she spends her time writing, researching, fly fishing, and enjoying the company of family, friends, and her big yellow lab, Ringo. Although a resident of Staunton, during the fall and spring, the height of trout season, you can find her at the nearest coldwater fishing spot throughout the beautiful state of Virginia.

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