Nancy White

Professor, Psychology
Haldan Hall 204


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Boston University, 1975
  • M.A., Psychology, Boston University, 1964
  • A.B., Psychology, Bryn Mawr College, 1960

Administrative Experience

  • B.A. Coordinator, Psychology, Pine Manor College, 1981-1994, 1996-1999, 2005-present
    Responsibilities were to work collaboratively with other Psychology faculty members to: oversee the Psychology major and its course offerings, evaluate faculty and make recommendations concerning staffing, hire new faculty, manage the budget, advise students majoring in Psychology, develop program publications, work on recruitment and retention of students, organize and guide program reviews and revisions, order library materials and equipment.
  • Chair, Division of the Sciences, Pine Manor College, 2001-2004
    Responsibilities were to: oversee course and program planning for all the disciplines in the Division, mentor faculty concerning their classroom teaching, make recommendations concerning hiring, reappointment, promotion, and tenure, project staffing needs for the Division, administer the Divisional budget, manage the physical facilities used by the Division, represent the Division to the Faculty and to the Administration, serve on the Academic Administrative Committee, conduct Division meetings.
  • Academic Coordinator, Pine Manor College, 1999-2001
  • Chair, Social Science Division, Pine Manor College, 1996-1999
  • Director, Science and Technology Initiative, Pine Manor College, 1996-1997
  • Dean of Faculty, Pine Manor College, 1994-1996
  • Chair, Division of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Pine Manor College, 1983-1992

Teaching Experience

  • Professor of Psychology, Pine Manor College, 1975-present
    • Courses Taught: Introduction to Psychology , Lifespan Development, Child Development, Children's Thinking, Language Development, Childhood Disabilities, Personality and Social Development in Children, Psychology of Women, Social Psychology, Theories of Personality, Adult Development, Senior Internship Supervision and Seminar, Psychological Testing, Issues in Child Development (graduate course).
    • Other duties related to teaching:
      Supervising student interns, Mentoring students applying for credit for prior learning , Academic advising, Mentoring group team member, Portfolio Learning Seminar Leade
  • Instructor and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Boston State College, 1969-1975
    • Taught introductory, child and advanced psychology courses to psychology majors and minors.

Service to the Community

  • Past Committee Memberships
    • Library Committee (Chair), Educational Policy Committee, Faculty Moderator, Committee on Conference, Committee on Academic Standards, NEASC Re-accreditation Self-Study Committee, Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Rank, Ad Hoc Committee on Teacher Certification (Co-Chair), Ad Hoc Committee on the Continuing Education Teacher Certification Program, Ad Hoc Committee on Women's Studies, Ad Hoc Committee on the Master's Degree in Education, Teacher Certification Program Waiver Committee, Planning Committee, M.Ed. Advisory Committee (former Chair), Graduate Enrollment Management Committee, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees Committee on Continuing Education, Outcomes and Assessment Task Force, Faculty Concerns Committee (Chair), Curriculum Committee (former Co-Chair), Computer Committee (former Co-Chair), Committee on Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure, Recruitment & Retention Committee
  • Current Committee Memberships
    • Education Committee
    • Committee on Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure
    • Curriculum Committee (Chair 2008-2009)
    • Committee on Assessment

Publications and Presentations

  • White, N. P. (1981). Teaching scientific psychology. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Salem, MA.
  • White, N. P. (1982,83). Massachusetts Psychological Association Annual Meetings. Poster presentations of Pine Manor College Psychology Major.
  • Chester, N. L. & White, N. P. (1994). The role of women's colleges in self-development and personal growth: A comparative study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Providence, R. I.
  • Chester, N. L. & White, N. P. (1994). Women's development in less competitive single-sex and coed colleges. Paper presented at the Studies in Success Conference: Applying Effective Models to the Education of Women and Girls, sponsored by The Women's College Coalition. Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.

Professional Associations

  • American Psychological Association, APA Division 2 (Teaching of Psychology), APA Division 35 (Psychology of Women), American Psychological Society, Society for Research in Child Development, Eastern Psychological Association, New England Psychological Association, Psi Chi

Other Activities

  • Elected member, Steering Committee, New England Psychological Association, 1995-2006 (4 terms), Secretary, New England Psychological Association 1998 to 2000, Member, NERCHE (New England Regional Council on Higher Education) Department Chairs Think Tank, 1996 to 2003, Academic Co-Coordinator 2001-2003, Served on Program Approval Teams for the Massachusetts Department of Education (Simmons College 1985, Gordon College 1988, University of Lowell 1990, Hellenic College (Chair) 2003, Eastern Nazarene College 2003), Judge, Greater Boston Undergraduate Research Paper Psychology Conference, 1976 to 2002, Organized the 1997 and 2000 Greater Boston Undergraduate Psychology Research Paper Conferences at Pine Manor College, Paper reviewer: Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meetings, 1990 and 1991, Chair, Panel on Social Psychology of Attractiveness, Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia,1990, Chair, Panel on Learning and Cognition in Children, Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, New York, 1991, Board of Visitors, Brimmer and May School 1992-1997


  • Kellogg Fellowship (for service to the College), Pine Manor College, 1988
  • Presidential Merit Awards, Pine Manor College, 1979, 1982, 1985
  • DuPont Grant from the Women's College Coalition for the proposal: The Role of Women's Colleges in Self- Development and Personal Growth: A Comparative Study. with Dr. Nia Lane Chester, Co-investigator, 1992-1993
  • Wean Senior Faculty Professorship, Pine Manor College, 1992-1994.