Shirley M. Collado, Ph.D.
Dean of the College
Associate Professor of Psychology
Shirley M. Collado serves as the chief student affairs officer, overseeing and supporting a dynamic student body and academic community, and helping advance the College’s efforts to create an institutional vision and environment that places diversity and inclusion at the center of the overall Middlebury experience. She oversees numerous departments and offices including Athletics, the Chaplain’s office, Residential Life, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Center for Education in Action, Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, MiddCORE, Parton Center for Health and Wellness, and the Department of Public Safety. Collado also serves as Middlebury's Title IX Coordinator and coordinates the College’s efforts to comply with all federal and state anti-discrimination laws.
Since joining Middlebury, Collado has led the development of faculty diversity initiatives, the establishment of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, the enhancement of The Commons and new student Orientation, and the implementation of numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Collado earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University and a B.S. in human and organizational development and psychology from Vanderbilt University. She has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including New York University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, and The New School. Her courses include Racism and Mental Health, Psychology of Women, Psychotherapy, Psychological Disorders, Cross-Cultural Therapy Skills, Research Methods, Leadership Development, Management and Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Change.
Collado is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in trauma among multicultural populations. She is co-founder and co-chair of Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO), a national consortium that promotes the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion in support of academic excellence at liberal arts colleges, and a board member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). She also serves locally in Vermont as a board member of Porter Hospital and the Open Door Clinic. A national thought leader on diversity and innovation, Collado has delivered numerous keynote addresses and presentations, facilitated workshops and trainings, and received several awards.
Collado has served as vice president for institutional planning and community engagement at Lafayette College where she oversaw the development and supervision of initiatives to promote policies, actions, and dialogue on matters of diversity and cultural pluralism. Collado provided leadership as Lafayette’s senior planning officer and sought ways to forge greater connections between the college’s academic activities and the community.
Prior to joining Middlebury in 2007, Collado was the executive vice president of The Posse Foundation. She oversaw and managed operations at a national level. The Posse Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that identifies, recruits, and trains outstanding youth leaders from urban public schools and sends them in diverse teams, called posses, to top colleges and universities across the country. She continues to work closely with The Posse Foundation as Middlebury’s liaison and helps the College strengthen its relationship with both the New York and Chicago offices; Middlebury has partnered with Posse since 1999. A former Posse scholar and the daughter of Dominican immigrants, Collado is the first person in her family to go to college.