Mary is the Executive Director and Founding Editor of University of Venus. In addition to writing at University of Venus and She’s Got It! at Inside Higher Ed, she created Old School, New School at The Chronicle and launched University of Venus as a member of the editorial network at The Guardian (UK). Mary is regularly invited to write and present on the future of education.
Mary is passionate about the role of public engagement in higher education. In her twenty years of management experience, she has tirelessly advocated for a new paradigm of leadership informed by diversity, collaboration, and equity. Mary earned her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 and has taught courses in International Studies, Sociology, and Political Science for over ten years. (for further details, refer to her c.v.)
Currently Special Assistant to the Provost for Partnerships and Innovation at Salem State University and Faculty Associate at the Middle East Center at Northeastern University, Mary also assists higher education institutions in developing and implementing international strategy and cultural change. She is working on several book projects related to education and is currently courting publishers for her book, Fantastic Reading: Comic Books and Popular Culture.
Married to an amazingly talented librarian with whom she is raising a eight-year old son, she is also active in her local community – the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston where she sits on the boards of Dudley Square Main Streets and Project HIP-HOP. Originally from the “pets or meat” world portrayed in Michael Moore’s Flint, Michigan; she was the first in her family to attend college.
Around the Web:
- Reach Mary by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Find her on LinkedIn and Twitter (@mary_churchill)
- Read She’s Got It!, Mary’s career column at Inside Higher Ed, featuring interviews with executive women in the education sector.
- Beyond the “Company Man” Model: Rethinking Academic Administration for Work–Life Balance. From Where I Sit column in the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) On Campus With Women spring newsletter (Vol 40 No 1) — a special issue on Gender and Higher Education Leadership.
- Her interview with No Country for Young Women can be found here.
- She is a contributor to Matt Madden and Jessica Abel’s awesome site - Drawing Words & Writing Pictures – check out The Expert Comic Book Reader.
University of Venus posts include:
- Why Do Academics Write? (Hacking the Academy)
- When Tenure Disappears: Walking Away from the Ivory Towers (Inside Higher Ed)
- Recruiting International Students: Moving Beyond Revenue (Hacking the Academy)
- Are We Playing the Game or Have We Become the Game? (Hacking the Academy)
- Fast-Tracking the Working Class (Hacking the Academy)