The University of Mary Washington is a special place. With a student culture whose hallmarks include empathy, inclusion, and intellectual inquiry, Mary Washington is also a wonderful place to work. The professionals in the Student Affairs division put students first; at Mary Wash, it is easy to do. Founded in 1908 as a teacher training college for women at a time when many female citizens could not vote, Mary Washington redefined its academic mission over the following century to include coursework in arts and sciences and business and also expanded the student body to welcome applicants from all backgrounds and identities. From the start, the emphasis on encouraging caring, engaged, and creative students who prioritize service to others has been critical to the institution’s mission. As UMW’s community values illustrate, this commitment remains central to the UMW student experience.
Across Mary Washington, the faculty and staff understand that fostering student success entails a recognition of how students’ many identities intersect and influence one another. It is a joy to work at a place where the mind and heart are mutually supported.
I encourage you to explore the various areas in Student Affairs, all of which work together to educate and support students, including Mary Washington’s Division III Athletics program, the Department of Public Safety, and bedrock student support services in Student Life, Student Involvement, the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and Residence Life and Housing. Please reach out to me at any time with questions about the division and University.
Juliette Landphair, Ph.D.