Dr. Kathryn McClymond

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Dr. Kathryn McClymond

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathryn McClymond, Ph.D. joined Oglethorpe in July 2021.

As Oglethorpe’s chief academic officer and a member of the president’s senior administrative leadership team, Dr. McClymond oversees all academic functions of the university, including academic divisions, the Core curriculum, Philip Weltner Library, the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and the offices of the Registrar, Student Success, and Institutional Effectiveness.

She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University. Dr. McClymond is a historian of religions, trained in Hinduism and Judaism, with a research emphasis on comparative religious ritual. She is the author of “Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice” (Johns Hopkins University Press) and, most recently, “Ritual Gone Wrong: Case Studies in Ritual Disruption” (Oxford University Press), which examines ritual mistakes, sabotage, and disruption and their significance for ritual theory. Her recent research projects focus on religious rituals as a pathway to recovery for combat veterans, and ritual expressions in art quilts.

Dr. McClymond is a member of the American Society for the Study of Religion and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Religion. She currently chairs the AAR’s Futures Task Force, leading conversations about opportunities for innovation and growth in the professional organization. Dr. McClymond has received several awards for her work, including a Distinguished Honors Professor Award, an Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Arts & Sciences at Georgia State University, and the American Academy of Religion’s Ray L. Hart Service Award.

Prior to Oglethorpe, Dr. McClymond was Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences at Georgia State University, where she was a faculty member for 22 years, a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and department chair for nine years. Dr. McClymond led faculty and staff teams to advance program growth, academic strategic planning, student support, and faculty development and mentoring. She also directed ongoing faculty recruitment, retention, and recognition efforts.