Gabby McCutchen is Assistant Vice President for Academics and Guided Career Pathways at Durham Technical Community College in Durham, North Carolina. In her 18 years of service at Durham Tech, she has served as full-time faculty, coordinator, chair, assistant dean, dean, and director for the Teaching-Learning Center. Gabby is especially interested in and passionate about first-year students, faculty, and closing higher education equity gaps for students of color.

She was a 2013 Semifinalist for the Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars, an award granted by National Resource Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and a 2007 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at Durham Tech. Gabby co-authored the book Success by Design, a textbook for North Carolina community college students in first-year experience courses.

Gabby is also an Ed.D. candidate at North Carolina State University where she is working on a dissertation on community college faculty perceptions of their role and their institution’s role in closing equity gaps. She holds a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Portland State University in Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in English from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She was a first-generation college student.