Mary Wright


Mary C. Wright is Director of Brown University's Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. She is also President-Elect of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, the U.S. professional association for educational development. Prior to arriving at Brown, she was Director of Assessment and an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan (U-M) Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Mary earned an A.B. in sociology from Princeton University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from U-M, and an M.A. in higher education administration from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at U-M. Her research interests include evaluation of teaching and learning innovations, measuring the impact of educational development services, graduate student professional development, and curricular assessment of student learning. Her book, Always at Odds? focuses on the development of cultures of teaching and was published in 2008 by SUNY Press.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Evidence-Based Principles for Online Faculty Development
    • Article

    After research and discussion, the Professional and Organizational Development Network for Higher Education developed eight principles to guide institutions as they explore, choose, and support online educational development resources for their campus communities.