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Mount Mary University’s New Deans: First Impressions

With her first academic year under her belt, Kathleen Dougherty, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, has worked to build relationships with her colleagues and external constituents, as well as to advance the University’s Creative Campus Initiative.

In her own words, discover what the first academic year at Mount Mary has entailed for Dougherty.

Kathleen Dougherty

Kathleen Dougherty

School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Dougherty came to Mount Mary from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from St. Olaf College and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oklahoma.

Barbara Armstrong

Barbara Armstrong

School of Arts and Design

School of Business

Armstrong came to Mount Mary from Kahler Slater, where she served as workplace experience strategist and co-team leader of the Culture Communications business unit.  Her 30 years of experience in design organizational leadership will be valuable in the forwarding of Mount Mary's Creative Campus Initiative. More about Barbara Armstrong.

Cheryl Bailey

Cheryl Bailey

School of Natural and Health Sciences

Bailey, a proponent of innovative and active learning, will oversee Mount Mary’s natural and health sciences programs including biology, chemistry, mathematics, and undergraduate and graduate occupational therapy and dietetics. She will also continue her role as a principal investigator for a National Science Foundation funded project with the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology working with biochemistry educators to assess and teach foundational concepts. More about Cheryl Bailey.

Q: What surprised you as you started your new role at Mount Mary?

Dougherty: Because of an intensive Menlo experience with other Mount Mary colleagues at the GE Healthcare Campus during my second week on the job, I quickly developed good working relationships with colleagues whom it would have taken me weeks to meet under traditional circumstances.

Q: What have you enjoyed the most in your first academic year at Mount Mary?

Dougherty: I have been moved by how warmly the faculty members have welcomed me and how willing they have been to work collaboratively to advance the interests of the humanities and our programs.

Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of in these first few months?

Dougherty: Starting to build good relationships with other members of the campus community and with external constituents has been incredibly rewarding. These good relationships will be the building blocks for everything the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education hopes to accomplish.

Q: What’s ahead for you at Mount Mary?

Dougherty: We plan to work toward greater visibility of our humanities, social science and education programs, helping to support the work of the faculty, and working with the faculty to bring the Creative Campus Initiative more fully into our classrooms and curriculum.

Q: What does the “creative campus” mean to you?

Dougherty: I think the Creative Campus Initiative gives us the freedom to think more broadly about how we approach problems, how we think about what it means to think critically and how we integrate work across disciplines. I find the opportunities for cross-disciplinary work most exciting.