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Joel A. McCarthy

Associate Dean of Students: Residence Life and Student & Family Support Services

Residence Life, Student & Family Support Services
Graduate and Professional Studies Center, Suite 140


Joel McCarthy joined the UMass Lowell community in January 2012 as the Director of Residence Life. He was then promoted to Assistant Dean and currently serves as one of four Associate Deans for Student Affairs – focusing on housing, residential education and student & family support services. Prior, Joel spent five years at Wells College as the Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life and Dean of Students, and seven years at Syracuse University in various roles. Joel has worked in student affairs, including residence life for 20 years and has a strong background in leadership development, student development and DEI education.

He has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University and bachelor’s degrees in Graphic Design and Secondary Education, both from Bradley University. Joel’s favorite aspect of working at UMass Lowell is the opportunity to collaborate with all members of our campus community – including our students, their families, faculty, staff and community partners. Joel lives in Westford, MA with his two sons, Aidan and Kiernan.