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 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.