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Director of Interdisciplinary Mentoring and Coaching Programs

Maria received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Victorian literature from Indiana University. After teaching at Valparaiso University as a Lilly postdoctoral fellow in the humanities, she worked as an assistant/associate professor of English at Columbia College in South Carolina. While at Columbia College, she was co-PI and co-director for a Lilly-funded faculty mentoring program, and her advising and mentoring work with students included a term as director of Columbia’s Washington Semester internship program.

Prior to arriving at Duke, Maria was the executive director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she oversaw scholarship and leadership development programs for humanities faculty. Maria’s commitment to individualized professional development for academics led her to complete an ICF-approved certificate program in professional coaching from North Carolina State University.

She is the author of “Masked Atheism: Catholicism and the Secular Victorian Home” (2008) and a recipient of two research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her forthcoming book with Princeton University Press is tentatively titled, “How to Mentor: A Guide for the Academy and Beyond.”