McKenzie Selected for Associate Provost

Posted: May 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Marilyn Mobley McKenzie, associate professor of English, has been appointed the new associate provost for educational programs, effective July 1. McKenzie is founder and former director of the African American Studies Program, an interdisciplinary minor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I have been consistently impressed with Dr. McKenzie’s commitment to undergraduate education and her solid educational values,” Provost Peter Stearns said. “She’ll bring important perspectives to the next stage of general education implementation, as well as to the other student and curricular concerns that she will be involved with, and I very much look forward to working with her.”

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Marilyn Mobley McKenzie

McKenzie’s new position combines duties from the associate provost positions for educational programs and general education. Julie Christensen, associate provost for educational programs, will return to the Russian Department faculty, and Sheryl Beach, associate provost for general education, will return to teaching geography.

With the general education program now in place, McKenzie will serve as chair of the General Education Committee. Her other responsibilities include working on the university catalog and serving on advisory boards for distance learning, global education, academic integrity, and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

McKenzie sees this position as a way to contribute more directly on some issues–both in and outside the classroom–that she has cared deeply about for years. “As I monitor the status of our general education program,” she said, “I seek to bring greater visibility to our academic agenda, greater understanding among academic units about how they are interconnected, and greater appreciation of faculty needs and concerns as we prepare students for the world of work and public service.”

McKenzie has been teaching at George Mason for 15 of her more than 30 years in education. Her career began as a Barnard College sophomore when she taught in Columbia University’s adult education program. She earned her master’s degree in English from New York University, and her Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University. Her educational experience includes teaching at the high school, community college, and college levels, and she was director of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Cleveland State University. After receiving her doctorate, she taught for one year at Howard University before joining George Mason.

McKenzie is the author of Folk Roots and Mythic Wings in Sarah Orne Jewett and Toni Morrison: The Cultural Function of Narrative, and she is working on a new book, Spaces for the Reader: The Narrative Poetics and Cultural Politics of Toni Morrison.

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