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 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 the past fifteen years.

Currently Associate Provost and Dean for Innovation and Partnerships in the Provost and Academic Vice President's Office at Salem State University, Mary is also a Faculty Associate at the Middle East Center at Northeastern University, She is working on several book projects related to education and is currently looking for a publisher for her book, Fantastic Reading: Comic Books and Popular Culture.

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 city appointed 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

December 26, 2011
Happy Holidays from University of Venus. 
November 30, 2011
It’s that time of the year – time to assess last year’s resolutions, make new ones for 2012, and reflect on how life’s going.
November 6, 2011
UVenus Around the Web....
August 29, 2011
Executive director of the MLA discusses mentors, career paths, learning from disappointments and the challenges facing higher education.
August 8, 2011
In debut of new column, an interview about career paths, work-family balance and leadership.
August 4, 2011
Work has radically changed...We will have several different careers over the course of our working lives...We just need to follow our passion to find meaningful work...Recent cuts to spending in the US are going to further escalate the unemployment rates...Not only is the news overwhelming, it’s paralyzing.
June 6, 2011
What makes for a successful collaboration with a corporate partner? Although academic institutions are historically risk-averse, more and more universities are searching for ways to officially partner with private corporations both locally and globally. Last week’s sessions at the NAFSA11 conference for international education were filled with references to the growth of these partnerships.
June 3, 2011
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending Vice-Chancellor Nigel Thrift’s presentation: Taking Global Research Cooperation to a New Level. Thrift’s talk was provocative and engaging. Rather than try to summarize it here, I’ll share some of the pieces that are more relevant for University of Venus readers:


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