Patricia Cantor

Patricia Cantor

Professor of Education; Distinguished Teaching Award, 2002; Excellence in Faculty Service Award, 2010; Stevens-Bristow Professor of Education, 2017-2020

BA, Harvard University; MEd, Plymouth State College; EdD, Boston University Email:

Patricia Cantor, Ed.D., was appointed Associate Provost in June 2020, after nearly 30 years as a Professor of Early Childhood Education at PSU.

Cantor began her career at PSU as a preschool teacher at what is now the Center for Young Children and Families. In the years since then, she has held numerous leadership positions, including chair of the Education Department, Director of Teacher Education, NCATE Accreditation Coordinator, chair of the Early Childhood Education Department, and facilitator for the Education, Democracy, and Social Change Cluster. She has also served two terms as Faculty Speaker.

Associate Provost Cantor has been honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award (2002), the Excellence in Faculty Service Award (2010), and as the Stevens-Bristow Professor of Education (2017-2020).

Cantor earned her B.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State, and her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston University. Her scholarship focuses on the history of early childhood programs and the impact of screen media on young children, and she has presented and published widely on these topics. With Dr. Mary Cornish, she is co-author of Techwise Infant and Toddler Teachers: Making Sense of Screen Media for Children Under 3 (2016). She has been recognized for her contributions as an early childhood advocate as a four-time recipient of the NH Children’s Champion Award and the Mary Stuart Gile Award.