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Mary Keator

  Mary Keator, Assistant Professor

   Office: Bates 25
   Email: mkeator@westfield.ma.edu
   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.


Education:
  • Ph.D. in Humanities, Salve Regina University 
         Subjects: Comparative Literature and Maps of 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:
  • English 101
    • Various topics and assignments designed for writing with the First-Year Read
  • English 102
    • 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
  • English 103 Speech
  • English 221 World Literature: Exploring the Human the Human Condition
Published Books:
  • Lectio Divina as Contemplative Pedagogy: Reappropriating Monastic Practice for the Humanities. New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming Fall /Winter 2017)
Published Articles:
  • “The Gift of the Sublime: A Contemplative Reading of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein,” Humanities and Technology Association Review, (35), 2016. 
  •  “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 Fall 2017)
  • “A Contemplative Approach to Reclaiming the Deep Reading Brain in the Digital Age” Radical Pedagogy, (14.2) (summer 2017)
Professional Activities:
  • Contemplative Mind in Society and in Higher Education
  • American Sanskrit Institute
  • Co-Founder of the Center of Endless Possibilities
  • Massachusetts Educators License in English
  • Registered Yoga Teacher Association
  • Spiritual Directors International
  • Writing Poetry