Charlotte Maheu Vail earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of New Orleans, and her research interests include the history of American higher education, college culture, women in higher education, and service-learning. She also holds a master’s degree in English, with a focus on the Romantics, and a bachelor’s degree in English and history. Dr. Maheu Vail has taught courses on epistemology, the history of higher education, research methods, and college student development theory. Before becoming Director, Dr. Maheu Vail was Associate Director of the Honors Program, where she oversaw fellowship advising for all Tulane undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni, increasing the number of students and alumni who applied for nationally competitive scholarships. She also developed the Honors curriculum, increased the number of students who participate in undergraduate research, and grew and fostered communities in Wall Residential College and Weatherhead Residence Hall, working closely with faculty to bring more of their research and perspectives to the Honors Residential Learning Communities. When Dr. Maheu Vail was with the Newcomb College Institute, she founded and directed the Newcomb Scholars Program, a high selective, curricular experience for women at Tulane, focusing on independent research and cohort development. With 20 years of experience in university administration and teaching, Dr. Maheu Vail is pleased to be able to work with Honors students and faculty to foster a scholarly community on Tulane’s campus, to enhance the academic experience of high-achieving and intellectually curious students, to educate them about the many opportunities in Honors and at Tulane, and to teach them to seek intellectual engagement after they graduate so they are in a position to lead intelligently and thoughtfully to respond to the opportunities and challenges of our contemporary global environment.
Finally, Dr. Maheu Vail serves on a number of university committees, including CELT’s Advisory Board and CPS’s Executive Committee. She is an active member and has hosted workshops for the National Association of Fellowships Advisors and is also a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.