Julia Cavallo, executive director of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, will be the guest speaker at the University of Saint Joseph’s annual Religious Studies Buckley Lecture on Catholicism and Culture on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Hoffman Auditorium.
The title of the lecture is “Catherine McAuley – The Original Influencer.”
Cavallo works with a 12-member Board and the Mercy Presidents Council to develop programs, policies, and practices and to build relationships intended to sustain and enhance the Catholic identity and Mercy ethos of the 17 U.S. colleges and universities founded by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
Prior to joining CMHE, Cavallo served as Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and as the Executive Director of the Association for Benedictine Colleges and Universities. She is skilled at developing and implementing assessment processes institutionally, as well as experience with research and planning. Cavallo served two years on the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium Board of Directors. Before working in higher education, she began her career as a staff writer for a daily newspaper.
Cavallo attended Catholic schools from K-12. She went on to earn her BA degree in Communication cum laude from Saint Vincent College as well as her Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2020, she completed her doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation looked at ways to create and sustain a culture of student learning outcome assessment. In 2021, she received the Outstanding Alumni Dissertation Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education.
The Buckley Lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and alumni. For more information, contact Professor Benjamin Peters at [email protected].