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Mary Keator

  Mary Keator, Assistant Professor

   Office: Bates 25, Office Hours
   Phone: 413-572-8283



Mary believes passionately in helping her students to learn about themselves and others through reading, studying and reflecting on various writings from around the world. She sees the human condition as a complex, diverse, and beautiful mystery filled with endless possibilities. One of Mary’s gifts is her ability to read literary texts along with her students’ writings with “new eyes.”  She is able to penetrate beneath the surface of things, to challenge both herself and her students to engage in a process of discernment, reflection and dialogue to discover the deeper meaning and purpose of life embedded in a piece of literature. Her life principle is to be a positive force in people’s lives, to help them develop their inner voice and use it to build an intelligent, compassionate, and peaceful world.

  • Ph.D. in Humanities, Salve Regina University 
    • Subjects: Comparative Literature and Maps towards Consciousness in Comparative
    • Religious Traditions
    • Dissertation Title: “Re-appropriating the Ancient Monastic Practice of Lectio Divina: A Contemplative Pedagogical Method of Inquiry to Experience Wisdom Embedded in the Humanities”
  • M.A.A.T. in Applied Theology, Our Lady of the Elms College
  • M.A.T. in Teaching with a Concentration in Literature, Our Lady of the Elms College
  • B.A. in Communications Studies, Emerson College
Courses Taught

World Literature

  • World Literature: Exploring the Human the Human Condition
  • World Literature: The Search for Wisdom

Composition 2

  • Writing about Yoga
  • Writing about Contemplative Practices
  • Writing in the Technological Age
  • Oh, The Things You Can Write! Exploring the Craft of Writing with Dr. Seuss
  • Writing with Heroes: Once Upon a Time and other Heroic Journey’s

Composition 1

  • Technology: Utopia…Dystopia?
  • Various topics and assignments designed around the First-Year Read
  • Speech
Published Works

Lectio Divina as Contemplative Pedagogy: Reappropriating Monastic Practice for the Humanities. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Book Chapter:
“A Three-tiered Monastic Approach to Intersubjective Dialogue for Application within Higher Education” in The Intersubjective Turn in Contemplative Education: Shared Approaches for Contemplative Learning & Inquiry Across Disciplines. New York: Suny Press (forthcoming 2019)

“Interfaith Dialogue: The Art of Listening,” The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 4 (1) 2017. Authored with Fr. Warren J. Savage and five students
“A Contemplative Approach to Reclaiming the Deep Reading Brain in the Digital Age” Radical Pedagogy, (14.2) (summer 2017)
“The Gift of the Sublime: A Contemplative Reading of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein,” Humanities and Technology Association Review, (35), 2016.

“The Techné of Human Prescencing in a Contemplative Space” The 39th Annual Humanities and Technology Association Conference Salve Regina University, Newport, RI (Fall 2017)
“Reclaiming the Deep Reading Brain in the Digital Age” at The 38th Annual Humanities and Technology Association Conference Salve Regina University, Newport, RI (Fall 2016)
“Transforming Reading: A Performative Contemplative Approach to Deep Reading and Inquiry in the Humanities” at The Eight Annual ACMHE Conference, Transforming Higher Education: Fostering Contemplative Inquiry, Community, and Social Action, Amherst, MA (Fall 2016)
“Unlocking Saving Power: The Search for the Sublime in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein” Presented and Moderated at The 37th Annual Humanities and Technology Association Conference, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI (Fall 2015)
“A Contemplative Approach to World Literature: Intention, Method and Assessment” Presented at The 6th Annual Association of the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Fall 2014)
“Implementing a FIRST-YEAR READ,” Co-presenter at The New England Conference for Student Success, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (Spring 2013)
“Tweets from the Mountain” Presenter and Leader for the Northeast Intercollegiate Retreat, Rindge, NH (Fall 2013)
“The Comp and WAC Discourse: A Collaborative Engagement,” Presenter at UConn’s 8th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing: Collaboration and Conversation, Storrs, CT (Fall 2013)


Yoga and Meditation Club