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replied to the topic Planning our Summer 2019 Conv… in the discussion Plan Summer Convening replied to the topic NUNExT Summit: Questions for … in the discussion Experiential Learning: Resear… posted an update in the group Universities 4.0: Sharing with the group a draft about “Universities 4.0” that my colleague Sean Gallagher and I are noodling with. Look forward to fleshing out the nexus between new models of the university, experiential learning, and pre-college learning! Mary Loeffelholz and Sean Gallagher–DRAFT Universities 4.0: Reinventing Higher Education for the 4th…Read more created the group Universities 4.0 created the site Universities 4.0


Mary Loeffelholz is Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Vice President of the Lifelong Learning Network at Northeastern University.  She has been a member of the Northeastern community as a faculty member and administrator for more than 30 years.  Her leadership in academic and faculty affairs spans almost twenty years in a variety of roles, including eight years as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, during which led the university’s efforts to develop innovative ways to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers and to enhance the careers of full-time, nontenured-track faculty members.


She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and of four books, including The Value of Emily Dickinson, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.  She is the editor of The Blackwell Companion to Emily Dickinson (2008) and (since 2006) of Volume D, 1914-1945, of The Norton Anthology of American Literature.  She was chair of the Northeastern Department of English from 2001-2006.

Professional Experience:

2016-present:              Dean, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University

2008-2016                    Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Northeastern University

2007-2008:                  Special Advisor to the President for Faculty Affairs, Northeastern University

2006-2007                   Associate Dean for the Graduate School and Faculty Affairs, College of Arts and         Sciences, Northeastern University

2001-2006:                  Chair, Department of English, Northeastern University

2004-present:  Professor of English, Northeastern University



PhD, English and American Literature, Yale University, 1986

BA and MA, English and American Literature, Stanford University, 1981


Recent work for lovers of Emily Dickinson:
The Value of Emily Dickinson, Cambridge UP
“We Send the Wave to Find the Wave”:  Dickinson’s Wave-Particle Duality


When not working with colleagues on the launch of NExT and the re-invention of 21st century education to support our college’s mission of inclusive prosperity . . .  I’m currently writing an essay for Oxford University Press’s Companion to Emily Dickinson, titled “Yellow Noise: Information and Form in Dickinson’s Intermedial Writing”–a topic born in part out of professional as well as scholarly interest in information science, in Dickinson’s time and in our own. One more route to experiential learning!

Mary Loeffelholz

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