Joseph McNabb

Professor of the Practice


Joe McNabb is a full-time faculty member in the Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the faculty, he completed an 11 year term as president of Labouré College. This position followed a 17 year tenure as professor and dean of faculty. He served as a commissioner, a six-year term, on the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Before serving as commissioner, he chaired, or served as a site visitor, for many accreditation teams throughout the United States including in in the New England area, and several in Europe. He has also served on numerous boards including teaching hospitals, community educational agencies, and several non-profit organizations.

As part of the founding group, he served on the College of Professional Studies-Faculty Academic Council for five years, ending his term in 2019. He serves on various committees within the Graduate School of Education, as well as, the College of Professional Studies, including Admissions, Faculty Screening, and the Faculty Fund. He is serving on the Northeastern University Faculty Senate and is a member of the Senate Agenda Committee.

His professional service includes his work as the federal case reporter for the School Law Reporter, a publication of the Education Law Association. He reports on court cases related to faculty employment, academic affairs, student conduct, and finances in higher education. He conducts proposal reviews for the Association for the Study of Higher Education, book proposals for Sage Publication, and serves as peer reviewer for several journals. He also serves on the national advisory committee of the Accreditation Commission of Midwifery Education. He earned his undergraduate degree at Boston University and his PhD at Northeastern University.


Doctor of Philosophy from Northeastern University (1998)