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Aline Mahan, Ph.D.

A Citadel First - Aline Mahan, Ph.D., First woman appointed as full-time, permanent member of The Citadel faculty

Aline Mahan, first woman appointed as full-time, permanent member of The Citadel faculty

Aline Mahan, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1969. She worked in the public school system and taught on the faculty of Central Connecticut State University before moving to South Carolina. She served as head of the psychology department at The Baptist College in 1971. She was the first woman to serve on the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology. She came to The Citadel in 1974 where she initially worked in the Department of Education as the first full-time female Associate Professor at the school. When the Psychology Department was established, Dr. Mahan moved to the new department. In 1988 became the first woman to achieve the rank of Colonel at The Citadel. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Mahan was instrumental in the process of developing The Citadel’s School Psychology program. Mahan retired from The Citadel in 1991 after 17 years of service. She and her husband moved to Brevard, North Carolina, where Dr. Mahan remained very active in the Association of American University Women as well as local community groups. Dr. Mahan died in 2004.

Dr. Mahan’s name lives on through an award that the Department of Psychology created in her name. The Aline M. Mahan Award is presented each year to a graduate of the School Psychology program who has distinguished him or herself through excellent scholarship, technical skill, and service to the community.

Image from: Sphinx, 1978

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