Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement
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Mary R. Watson is Executive Dean of the Schools of Public Engagement. In this capacity, she leads the founding college of The New School which advances educational innovation and action-oriented learning in creative and community-engaged fields. The faculty, students, and staff of the Schools of Public Engagement embody the specific priorities of social, political, and inclusive education in the liberal arts, social sciences, and professional areas.
Mary Watson’s work at The New School includes co-leading a university-wide management, leadership, and entrepreneurship initiative, Management at The New School. During her time as Executive Dean, she has integrated university-wide projects and centers into the core academic offerings of the college. This includes advancing The New School’s university-wide Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative and The New School Collaboratory, an initiative on university-community partnerships. She has integrated the college’s Centers and Institutes into the curriculum, most notably the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and its global prize for artists in the social and political space and the Center for New York City Affairs' Institute for Transformative Mentoring. Her vision for the future of higher education appears in the chapter she authored, "Designing the University of the Future: A New Global Agenda for Higher Education,” in The New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, and Pathways for the International Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).
Mary Watson's creative practice and scholarship on the human rights of workers, including the signature course at The New School, “Human Rights and Global Fashion,” reflect her commitment to a more just and equitable world. She has more than two decades of experience in higher education as a faculty member, chair, and dean, as well as broad experience in change leadership consulting for organizations and universities. Watson is a key leader worldwide in university networks advancing change in higher education, including the Critical Edge Alliance, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, and the Ashoka Changemaker campus initiative. She is a recipient of The New School's Distinguished University Teaching Award. Watson holds a PhD in Organization Studies from Vanderbilt University.
PhD, Organization Studies, Vanderbilt University
Critical Edge Alliance
Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative
Ashoka Changemaker Campus Initiative
"Designing the University of the Future: A New Global Agenda for Higher Education,” book chapter in The New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, and Pathways for the International Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)
Awards And Honors
The New School's Distinguished University Teaching Award