Celebrating 35 Years of Service to Women & Girls in Washington County
Mary Hendrickson brings impressive experience in political science and education to the Washington County Commission for Women.
Mary was a faculty member and administrator (including as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, as well as other roles) at Wilson College for 26 years, which was designated as a College for women during the time that she worked there. At Wilson College, she taught political science and women’s studies, including courses in “Women in Global Perspective” and “Women in American Government and Business.” In addition to teaching women’s studies, she conducted research on feminism and the law as a participant in seminars at Notre Dame Law School and New York University. She also taught at Luther College in Iowa and the University of Minnesota.
Mary is currently an educator at Hagerstown Community College. Since September 2014, she has worked as the Director of Behavioral and Social Sciences/Business (BSSB). She oversees faculty in the BSSB division and work with programs, curriculum, student issues, in support of academic programs. As part of her role, she advises some of the students in the division as a faculty advisor. She also teaches a course called “Professionalism in the Workplace,” in which students learn about expectations and issues in the workplace, career exploration and development, and preparing resumes and application letters. Mary believes education is important as a vehicle that provides people with opportunity that they might not otherwise possess.
Mary also volunteers as a Big Sister for Big Brother’s Big Sister’s of Washington County. For approximately six years, she has been a member of the Board of Directors. As a board member, she served as the Secretary and President of the Board. She is a Big Sister to an eight-year-old girl (in third grade) since she was in first grade.
Mary holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. She also has a Masters of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and Public Administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato.
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