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. She has been selected by Wheelock College to serve as its next Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), a role she will formally assume in July 2017.

She and her husband and their 12-year old son are active in their Roxbury neighborhood in Boston and Mary serves 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 and can also be found on Twitter (@mary_churchill) and LinkedIn.

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Most Recent Articles

March 17, 2014
Support and lack of support.
February 27, 2014
Helping the careers of those off the tenure track.
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.


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