PAVE Working Group

The PAVE working group includes teams of faculty and administrators from Boston College, Bowdoin College, Dartmouth College, Harvard College, Smith College, and the University of Richmond. Each of these institutions was invited to join the working group because of demonstrated interest in the goals of the PAVE project, namely that the institution already offers programming that aims for students to consider their values and purpose. The intent of the working group is to identify ‘best practices’ and ‘best programs’ that promote students’ moral education. For the purposes of this project, we have considered moral education as any effort, in part or whole, that:

  • Enables students to evaluate, refine, and practice their personal values and morals;
  • Encourages students to discern the meaning and purpose of their lives;
  • Engages students in regular conversation and reflection about the values of their community;
  • Promotes conversation with students about their future personal and career paths with an emphasis on living authentically and with purpose; and/or,
  • Offers students structured learning and reflection opportunities following sustained public service activity.

The working group convened at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA five times over the course of 2015.

Irteza Binte-Farid

Master’s Student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)

Irteza is the Website Content Writer for the Purposes and Values in Education (PAVE) project.

Tom Dingman

Dean of Freshmen, Harvard College

Tom previously served as Assistant and Associate Dean of Harvard College and has been the Resident Dean of Leverett House and Dudley House. He holds a B.A.

Rachel Gable

Doctoral Candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)

Rachel is the Research and Project Assistant for PAVE.

Howard Gardner

John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Howard has been associated with Harvard since his college days and is now conducting a national study of liberal arts and sciences in the 21st century.

Torey Martin

Assistant to Dean of Freshmen, Harvard College

Torey oversees recruitment and hiring of freshman proctors, proctor study break budgets, and works on financial processes.

Katie Steele

Director for Freshman Programming
Manager of the Project on Purpose and Values in Education (PAVE)

Manager of the Project on Purpose And Values in Education (PAVE).

6 Prescott St
Freshman Dean's Office
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-1574

Burt Howell, Ed.M.

Director of the Intersections Office, Boston College

Started in 2001 with a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Intersections invites faculty and staff to discuss working at a Jesuit research university.

Thomas P. McGuinness, Ph.D

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Counseling Services, Boston College

Primary responsibilities include oversight of services to students in the areas of Counseling, Health Services, and Health Promotion.

Bernie Hershberger

Director of Counseling and Wellness Programs

Bernie Hershberger Ph.D. is the Director of Counseling and Wellness Programs at Bowdoin College. He oversees wellness initiatives aimed at teaching students mind/body practices and skills such as meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi/Qigong.

Janice Jaffe

Interim Director for the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good

Janice Jaffe is Interim Director of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good at Bowdoin College.

Sarah Seames

Director of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good

Sarah Seames works with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to foster collaboration between the College and communities in ways that augment …

Maureen A. Mahoney

Dean of the College Emerita
Former Vice President for Campus Life

In her eighteen years as Dean and VP, she oversaw all matters pertaining to students, including Enrollment, Student Affairs, Career Development, Class …

Jennifer L. Walters

Dean of Religious Life
Co-Director of the Women's Narratives Project

Since coming to Smith in 2001, her work has focused on interfaith and intercultural learning, community engagement, social justice, reflective practices, …