Mary Keator

  Mary Keator, Assistant Professor

   Office: Bates 25
   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

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 Catalyzing the field: second-person approaches to contemplative learning and inquiry, SUNY Press, 2019.
“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.


Yoga and Meditation Club