Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Kate McTavish is an associate professor of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences having joined that faculty in 2001. Dr. MacTavish is passionate about issues of social justice. Since 2016, she has also served as the college’s director of equity, inclusion and diversity initiatives offering leadership around embracing inclusive excellence.  Kate has written extensively about the challenges facing rural low-income families chasing the American dream through mobile home ownership advocating for more public solutions to the affordable housing crisis that grips our nation. Kate has been an active member of the Faculty Senate serving multiple terms on the University Curriculum Council, the Faculty Senate and most recently as an elected member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. She has also served on the President’s and Provost’s Leadership Council on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity and as a search advocate. Kate has also been integral in the formation of OSU’s faculty union and now serves as an elected member of the representative assembly for United Academics of Oregon State University.

Kate earned her bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of New Mexico and her master’s degree in early childhood special education from the same institution. After five years of working in early childhood education in rural New Mexico, she returned to school to earn a doctorate in human and community development at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.