Office of the Dean of the College
Meet the Dean: Mary-Ellen Boyle
Associate Provost and Dean of the College
MARY-ELLEN BOYLE has been at Clark University full time since 1998. As associate provost and dean of the college, she will be responsible for providing academic leadership and vision for the undergraduate college and for administration for undergraduate programs and related activities. She has previously served as an associate professor in the Graduate School of Management, associate dean of the college, faculty director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and PI/PD for a Davis Educational Foundation $250,000 grant for rebuilding the undergraduate curriculum.
Dr. Boyle received her M.B.A. and Ph.D. degree in sociology from Boston College, and her B.A. from Yale University in American Studies. She has held faculty appointments at Vassar, Emmanuel, and Roger Williams, and taught M.B.A. and undergraduate courses on managing change and conflict, making a difference, sustainable economic development, business and society, business ethics, global management, gender and organizations, professionals and culture, and the sociology of education.
Dr. Boyle's research focuses on the intersection of the private and public sectors, with particular emphases on business, education, and community-university partnerships. She is fascinated by social phenomena in which boundaries blur, as exemplified by arts in business, service and learning, scholarship and practice. Her work has been published in Journal of Poverty, Michigan Journal of Service-Learning, Journal of Academic Ethics, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Cities and Communities, Business & Society, Educational Policy, and California Management Review and Educational Policy. In 2001 she wrote a book entitled "The New Schoolhouse: Literacy, Managers, and Belief." She has contributed case studies, industry analyses, and instructional materials to a number of other volumes. As a sociologist with specialties in organizations and education, she consults with corporations and not-for-profit firms in the areas of social entrepreneurship, organizational change, training design, economic development, and workforce development.
Previous to her academic career, Dr. Boyle managed training for the Connecticut Mutual Insurance Companies, worked as a federal program manager for the U.S. Department of Education, as an educational policy specialist and workforce development planner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and as a high school English teacher.
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