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Office of the Provost

Monica Cowart, Ph.D., LMHC

Vice Provost

Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs

Monica Cowart, professor and former chair of philosophy, was appointed vice provost in April 2017. During the 2017-18 academic year, Cowart will serve as a fellow at the American Council on Education, where she will study and work to bring back to campus best practices from outside the college.

A licensed mental health counselor, Cowart previously served for two years as associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts. In that role, she was instrumental in creating the college’s graduate program in clinical mental-health counseling and was integral to the school’s interdisciplinary programs and initiatives.

Cowart joined the Merrimack faculty in 2000 and previously served for eight years as chair the philosophy department. She currently is serving her second term on the board of directors of Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts coalition to end sexual assault and domestic violence.

Cowart is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lesley University and a Ph.D. in philosophy of psychology and cognitive science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Her clinical, philosophical and social justice interests intersect in a research program that focuses upon using the theoretical applications of embodied cognition to inform the creation of just laws and effective clinical interventions for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.


Ph.D., Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.A., Counseling Psychology, Lesley University
B.A., Philosophy, Illinois Wesleyan University

  • Monica Cowart
    Monica Cowart


Provost’s Suite, Austin Hall