Mary Churchill

Mary Churchill 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 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-five years of management experience, she has tirelessly advocated for a new paradigm of leadership informed by diversity, collaboration, and equity. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 and has taught courses in International Studies, Sociology, and Political Science.

Mary is currently Associate Provost and Dean at Salem State University where she leads the graduate school, the school of continuing and professional studies, and acts as senior international officer.  She is also on the board of the Massachusetts Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education which is affiliated wih the American Council on Education's Inclusive Excellence Group and involved with ACE's Moving the Needle initiative focused on advancing women leaders in higher education. 

Married to an amazingly talented librarian with whom she is raising an ten-year old son, she is also active in her Roxbury neighborhood in Boston and on several community-based committees and boards. Originally from the “pets or meat” world portrayed in Michael Moore’s Flint, Michigan; she was the first in her family to attend college.

Mary can be reached by e-mail at marylchurchill@gmail.com and can also be found on Twitter (@mary_churchill) and LinkedIn.

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Most Recent Articles

February 2, 2014
An invitation.
January 30, 2014
Selections of favorites from the writers at University of Venus
January 2, 2014
UVenus writers share the best of 2013, including MOOCs, new gen. ed. requirements, changes to academic calendars in the Philippines, leadership academies, and their hopes for 2014 with a strong focus on collaboration, collaboration, collaboration!
December 7, 2013
The workaholic life and academe.
November 4, 2013
A serious race.
June 13, 2013
Ecosystems and programs.
May 30, 2013
The wow factor.
May 29, 2013
Welcome to international education gathering.
August 28, 2012
I finished reading Just Kids last night - Patti Smith's incredible memorial to her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. I am grateful that she let me into her world and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the social nature of creativity.
August 20, 2012
One of the great things about the ASA Annual meetings is the Film/Video Screenings. While I missed the one showing of Jessica Valenti’s The Purity Myth, I did get to catch Erik Santiago’s Five Friends, which was very moving. The film focuses on male friendships and centers on a 65-year old man named Hank. (While watching the film, I couldn’t help but think of my husband and 7-year old son who were participating in a Father/Son weekend at a boy’s camp on Squam Lake in NH (aka the On Golden Pond lake)).

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