Therese McCarty

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Contact: Phone: (518) 388-6102 | e-mail:

Therese McCarty photoTherese McCarty became the Stephen J. and Diane K. Ciesinski Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Union in 2007, having previously served as Interim Dean of the Faculty from 2005-2007. She began her career at the College in 1987 as an Assistant Professor of Economics and remains a Professor of Economics in that department today. During her time at Union, McCarty served as a visiting scholar at the Center for State and Local Taxation at the University of California at Davis. She also spent time as both a visiting research fellow at the Center for the Study of the States at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany and a visiting faculty member at the Center for International Education at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan.

McCarty holds a Ph.D. and an A.M. in economics from the University of Michigan as well as an A.B. in economics from Bryn Mawr College, which instilled in her a great appreciation for the value of pursuing a liberal arts education in a small, close-knit college environment. Her scholarly research involves the economics of education and state and local public finance. 

In her role as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, McCarty has overall responsibility for the academic program and academic services as well as the Department of Athletics and Information Technology Services.  She played a leadership role in the development and implementation of the Union College Strategic Plan and the College’s mission statement. During her time as Dean, the academic program has added several new majors and minors, the College has created and renovated key academic space such as the Peter Irving Wold Center and Lippman Hall, and Union has made successful bids for a number of prestigious academic grants from the Mellon Foundation, National Science Foundation, Teagle Foundation and others.

Dean McCarty is happy to assist faculty, students and prospective students with any questions they may have about the College or any of its diverse academic programs and opportunities.