The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

Mary Wright

Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning; Executive Director, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning; Professor of Practice, Sociology


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Mary Wright is Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, and a Professor of Practice in the Department of Sociology. She is also a former president (2017-18) 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?: Creating Alignment Between Faculty and Administrative Values, was published in 2008 by SUNY Press. She is also a co-author on the ACE-POD Center for Teaching and Learning Matrix (2017), which created operational standards for Centers for Teaching and Learning, as well as Defining What Matters, which established guidelines for Center for Teaching and Learning evaluation. Mary is a co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development, the journal of the International Consortium for Educational Development, which seeks to enable academic developers in higher education across the world to exchange ideas about practice and research, and to extend the theory of academic development, with the goal of improving the quality of higher education internationally. She is currently working on a second book that explores the landscape of educational development in the United States.

Select Recent Articles

Wright, M.C.Wiley, S., von Gent, E., & Huerta, M. (2020). The art of studying abroad: Leveraging an international experience requirement to enhance student learning and equity. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 30(4): 95-120.

Wright, M.C., Lohe, D.R., & Little, D. (2019). The role of a center for teaching and learning in a de-centered educational world. Change, 50(6): 38-44.

Wright, M.C., Lohe, D., Pinder-Grover, T., & Ortquist-Ahrens, L. (2018). The four Rs: Guiding CTLs with responsiveness, relationships, resources, and research. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development37(2): 271-286.

Brown, E.C., Brown, V.M., Chace, A., Flaming, A.L.B., Frederick, J., Hatcher, M., Herckis, L., Hoessler, C., Kustra, E., Lohe, D.R., Mansbach, J., McGowan, S., Troncoso, A.M., Watson, F.F., & Wright, M.C. (collaborative authorship, 2018). Defining what matters: Guidelines for comprehensive center for teaching and learning evaluation. Available

Bartholomew, T., Wright, M.C., & Michaels, C. (2018). Partnering with teaching and learning centers for curricular assessment: A case study of best practices. In C. Stanny (Ed.). New Directions for Teaching and Learning: Assessment in Action, 155 (pp. 21-29). Wiley.

(invited contribution) Chen, A., Bundy, C., Kim, J., Bass, R., Burgstahler, S., Lippincott, J., & Wright, M. (2017). 7 things you should know about the evolution of teaching and learning professions. Educause Learning Initiative. Available:

Meizlish, D.S., Wright, M.C., Howard, J., & Kaplan, M.L. (2017). Measuring the impact of a new faculty program using institutional data. International Journal of Academic Development. Available:

Wright, M.C., Bergom, I, & Bartholomew, T. (2017). Decreased class size, increased active learning?: Intended and enacted teaching strategies in smaller classes. Active Learning in Higher Education. Available:

Gross, M.M., Wright, M.C., & Anderson, O.S. (2017). Effects of image-based and text-based active learning exercises on students examination performance in a muculoskeletal anatomy course. Anatomical Sciences Education. DOI: 10.1002/ase.1684

Wright, M.C., Goldwasser, M., Jacobson, & Dakes, C. (2017)Assessment from an educational development perspective. To Improve the Academy, 36(1): 38-49. Abstract:

Wright, M., Little, D., Cook, C., Sorcinelli, M.D., McDaniels, M., Lee, V., Kalish, A., Kaplan, M., Zakrajsek, T., Chaudhury, S.J., Zhadko, O. (2016). Evidence-based principles for online faculty development. Educause Review. Available:

Blazek, M.C., Dantz, B., Wright, M.C. & Fiedorowicz, J.G. (2016). Spaced learning using emails to integrate psychiatry into general medical curriculum: Keep Psychiatry in Mind. Medical Teacher. Available:

Gonzalez-Cabezas, C., Anderson, O.S., Wright, M.C., & Fontana, M. (2015). Exam questions developed by students lead to higher cognitive level of learning. Journal of Dental Education, (11): 1295-1304.

Wright, M.C., & Howard, J. (2015). Assessment for improvement: Two models for assessing a large quantitative reasoning requirement. Numeracy, 8(1). Available: