Mary Churchill

Mary Churchill is the Executive Director and Founding Editor of University of Venus. In addition to writing at University of Venus 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. She is the co-author of The Good Closure: Authentic Leadership in a Time of Crisis (accepted for publication, Johns Hopkins University Press) which details the merger of Wheelock College and Boston University. She is also co-producer/co-host of the Rocking the Academy podcastView from Venus podcast and the ExperiencED podcast focused on experiential education. 

Mary is passionate about the role of public engagement in higher education. In her thirty years of leadership experience, she has tirelessly advocated for a new paradigm of leadership informed by diversity, collaboration, and equity. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Northeastern University in Boston and has taught courses in International Studies, Sociology, and Political Science.

Mary is currently the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement at the newly established Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University (est. 2018). Prior to her role at Boston University, she was the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) at Wheelock College in Boston. She is also on the board of the Massachusetts Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education which is affiliated with 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 14-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 [email protected] and can also be found on Twitter (@mary_churchill) and LinkedIn.

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Most Recent Articles

April 15, 2020
COVID-19 has me all up in my feelings.
January 30, 2020
Podcasts are spaces where women-hating listeners typically won’t go.
January 15, 2020
Tips for getting organized and being strategic.
November 13, 2019
And how can we get over that?
November 7, 2019
My October launch of three new higher ed podcasts. 
October 28, 2019
How do you move from the safety of basic black to the power of Fluevogs and statement necklaces?
October 22, 2019
My continuing adventures in the land of podcasts.
October 2, 2019
My adventures in the world of all things podcast. 
June 23, 2019
Key takeaways from James Clear's Atomic Habits
May 21, 2019
Summer reading begins early in academia


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