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Rev. Katherine Smanik

Assistant Dean of Students for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice


Rev. Kate Smanik joined the staff of DePauw University in 2010.  She is a graduate of the College of Wooster (2001, B.A.) and Yale University (2005, M.Div.).  Kate is an active member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, the Association of College and University Religious Affairs, ACPA and NASPA.  Currently, Kate serves as the President of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, and a member of the Directorate for ACPA's Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion and Meaning.  

Kate was awarded the Rev. Max E. Case Award by the Indiana Higher Education Ministries organization in the fall of 2013 in recognition of her work.  

In the fall of 2014, Kate began her doctoral studies at Indiana University School of Education where her research focuses on the role of Chaplaincy in higher education.

Other Facts

How do you see your work fulfilling the mission of The Hartman House?

As the Assistant Dean it's my job to promote the work of all of the departments within Hartman.  I do a little of everything, from helping Jessie Scott, Doug Harms and Matt Cummings create new visions for service and civic engagement, advocating for social justice as a member of the Diversity and Equity Committee, to working with our student religious groups to plan campus wide religious celebrations like Diwali, Holi, Sukkot, Eid al Adha, and the Jewish High Holidays.  We have such a dynamic team and great students that it's easy to tell people how fantastic our work is.

What are some fun facts about yourself?

I completed my first 5K on June 6th, 2015.  The idea of running that far scared the pants off me but I am learning to love it.  My next goal is to run a half marathon with my sister.

I've been knitting for a little over 10 years.  Currently I'm working on a scarf for my Aunt, but I also make socks, sweaters, lace shawls and anything else that catches my fancy.

I read. A lot. And, I like to track what I read.  Usually "goodreads" tells me I've read somewhere in the range of 50 books a year.  I thought that my reading habit would die back when I went back to school (I think I read all of 6 novels during my 4 years of Undergrad), but instead I found that I just read more.  (See "nerd" above ^)

For 11 years I was a competitive swimmer and I still feel most at home in the water (hence the previous fear of running).

My favorite places are Walt Disney World, Belfast N. Ireland, and the Maine coastline.