Faculty Q & A


Kathy McCord, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

How long have you been working at Alvernia?

This is my second year as a full time, tenure-track faculty member.

What is your position here at Alvernia?

I have the privilege of being an assistant professor teaching in the Education Department both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part of my position is teaching. While this is a favorite aspect, it is also a HUGE responsibility. I am influencing my profession. Thank goodness the education majors continue to ask great questions as they learn about pedagogical strategies. They hope to make a difference, and I know they will.

During your free time what do you enjoy doing?

I love spending time with my family, which naturally includes cooking and trying out new recipes. I love to read though I have a hard time reading fiction. Consequently, I read mostly non-fiction e-books on my Kindle. Then there is that wonderful hobby called shopping.

Where is your favorite place to eat on or off campus?

Mimmo’s is a favorite for its food and atmosphere.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.