This collection features research by Mary Wack, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Washington State University. Wack's current portfolio includes university-wide academic support services (writing programs, undergraduate research, distinguished scholarships and fellowships, central advising and tutoring services, first-year programs, career services), general education, undergraduate program assessment (Office of Assessment of teaching and Learning), summer programs, transfer issues, undergraduate course management, the Teaching Academy, and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She also coordinates general undergraduate policies, procedures, and strategies.

A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Dr. Wack received bachelor’s degrees summa cum laude in English and Classics from Georgetown University. Following a Fulbright year at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, she completed a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies (emphasis in literature) at Cornell University. In 1984-85 she was a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, and in 1990 she won a Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at Stanford University. Her book, Lovesickness in the Middle Ages, won the Harry Levin Prize from the American Association for Comparative Literature (1990) for the best book in comparative literature.

Wack came to WSU in 1993 as Professor of English and Chair of the department. From 1996 to 1999, she was the founding Senior Fellow and Director of WSU’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. From 2000-2007 she served as Dean of the University Honors College. She served from 1999 to 2005 as Commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Her current research focuses on nineteenth-century social history and emigration in Northern Ireland.

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