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Kate Smanik

Rev. Kate Smanik joined the staff of Colby College in the summer of 2019.  She is a graduate of the College of Wooster (2001, B.A.) and Yale University (2005, M.Div.) and has more than 14 years experience in higher education.  Kate is passionate about the importance of chaplaincy in higher education, particularly the role it plays in educating young adults about religious pluralism and civic identity.  This passion has led her to hold leadership roles in the National Association of College and University Chaplains, the Directorate for the Commission on Faith, Religion, Spirituality and Meaning for ACPA, and now for the Association of College and University Religious Affairs. 

Kate is a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at Indiana University where her research focuses on chaplaincy in higher education, the spiritual and religious education of young adults and the role that religion and spirituality plays in developing civic engagement in young adults.  Kate was honored to be awarded the Rev. Max E. Case Award by the Indiana Higher Education Ministries organization in the fall of 2013 in recognition of her work.  She lives with her family in Waterville, ME where you can find them building fairy houses in the Colby arboretum and exploring the rocky coastline of Maine.


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