Carol A. Cahalane

Dean of Residential Life
Headshot of Carol Cahalane.

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." — the Dalai Lama


B.S. University of Massachusetts - Lowell

M.Ed. University of Massachusetts - Lowell


Ms. Cahalane, a native of Massachusetts, grew up in a large family. She studied health education at the University of Lowell (now the University of Massachusetts, Lowell), where she was active in student government, served as a dormitory resident adviser, and was elected Student Government Association president her senior year. She taught in the Westford, Massachusetts, public schools before returning to Lowell to earn her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, while serving as the resident director of an undergraduate dormitory. She is also a master certified health education specialist (MCHES).

Carol came to PEA in 1990 just as Health and Human Development was made a graduation requirement, and has been passionately working to develop our health education program and improve the health of our students and our campus ever since. She enjoys teaching and finds her students to be inspiring, challenging, funny and fun.

Carol currently advises the Student Council; H4, the peer health education group; and Rince n’Cara, the Irish dance club. She also co-leads the staff Mind/Body group, which works to learn more about meditation, mindfulness, and other practices in education and life. A proud member of the Bancroft Hall faculty, she cherishes that loving, kindhearted learning and residential community.

In the past, Carol served as the dorm head and adviser in Moulton House and Lamont Hall, and worked in Gould and Kirtland houses. She is also proud to have served as an associate dean of students; to have founded and advised the GSA; and to have served as adviser for a number of other clubs and organizations. 

Carol lives on campus with her husband and three daughters (Exeter classes of ‘18 and ’20). In her free time she can be found enjoying life with her friends and family, teaching Irish dance at a nearby dance studio, cheering her daughters on in their many pursuits, walking and meditating to maintain her own good health (preferably at the shore), reading and discussing books, or enjoying a good cup of tea.