Caryn McTighe Musil
Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives

Higher Ed

  • Gender

Caryn McTighe Musil is senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, where she formerly served as senior vice president of the office of diversity, equity, and global initiatives for 14 years. She authored the national report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, a national call to action released at the White House in 2012. The report offers recommendations for how to make education for a diverse democracy and global citizenship as expected across disciplines and domains for every student. McTighe Musil has directed more than 20 national projects with colleges and universities and has special expertise in U.S. diversity, civic engagement, global learning, curriculum and faculty development, and women’s issues.  Before AAC&U, McTighe Musil served as executive director of the National Women’s Studies Association and was a faculty member before that for 16 years.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and master’s and doctorate in English from Northwestern University.