Teaching Professor Emerita
Teaching Professor MacDonald, who retired at the end of the Spring 2019 semester, joined the Falk College faculty in 2011. Dr. MacDonald began her career at Syracuse University in 1982 as a Diagnostician and Assistant Director at the Academic Support Center. She created an academic support program there for students with learning disabilities and developed a faculty referral services for students with disabilities. She also served as a Learning Specialist within Syracuse University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
As a Falk College faculty member, Dr. MacDonald developed several new courses and coordinated the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support in collaboration with the School of Education. Although the CAS program is currently being moved to School of Education, she has been a key personnel in running the program in Falk, and developing one of the key courses, HFS/SPM 327, Human Development and Sport. She was the Founder/Director of the Sport and Human Development Institute in Falk college and collaborated with several sectors in regard to sport related projects and trainings for students and faculty.
Dr. MacDonald has also an established record of service. She founded and directed the Sport and Human Development Institute in Falk College and organized a sport-for-development-focused faculty research seed grant. She also implemented the UNICEF Kid Power project at Syracuse University and collaborated with the Life is Good Kids Foundation to fund Playmaker Training for students and faculty. Dr. MacDonald also served on the Chancellor’s Faculty Oversight Committee for Intercollegiate Athletics.
Ph. D., Special Education, Syracuse University (2007)
M.A., Learning Disabilities, Syracuse University (1982)
B.S., Elementary Education (N-6) & Special Education (K-12), Syracuse University (1977)