Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning
Mary Wright is Director of the 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's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT).
Mary earned an A.B. in sociology from Princeton University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, 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. Her recent (2015-16) articles focus on spaced learning, student-centered approaches to writing high-level test questions, assessment of quantitative reasoning, and the development of new instructional consultants.