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Mary Sellers

Mary Sellers

Associate Teaching Faculty in English and Communication Arts and Sciences

321 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:

  • In-office Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00, Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00, and by appointment

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  1. Ph.D. in American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  2. Dissertation Title: "E.D.E.N. Southworth, Storyteller"
  3. M.A. in American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  4. Thesis Title: "A Good Name Is Better than Riches: The Reputation of Mary Baker Eddy"

Mary L. Sellers serves as an Associate Teaching Professor in English, American Studies, and Communication Arts and Sciences. She teaches a wide variety of courses including English 15, 105, 202A, 202B, 202C, American Studies 100, 140, and 170, and Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) 100A. She was the 2019 recipient of the English Department’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2020 Excellence in Online Teaching Award. She has also won writing awards for her research in folklore, including the American Folklore Society’s Richard Reuss Prize for Most Outstanding Graduate Paper in Folklore and History (2018) and the Eastern American Studies Association’s Simon J. Bronner Award for Most Outstanding Graduate Student Paper (2017). Her research has appeared in Midwestern Folklore and The Folklore Historian. She contributed a chapter, “The Folklore and Folklife of Age Groups and Aging,” to the award-winning Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies. She currently co-chairs the English Department Teaching and Research Faculty Advisory Committee, where she works to improve the lives of teaching faculty. She continues this work as the chair of the College of Liberal Arts Teaching Faculty Advisory Committee. She finds much joy as a mentor to new hires and graduate students in English. In her non-work hours, Mary enjoys the paradoxical activities of going to Orangetheory Fitness and eating copious numbers of chocolate chip cookies.