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Mary Sheldon

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Gannon University, Bachelor of Arts
Gannon University, Master of Arts
Purdue University, Doctor of Philosophy
Loyola University of Chicago, Master of Arts
Academic History

Washburn University, Associate Professor, 1996 - present; Assistant Professor, 1989-1996; Visiting Assistant Professor, 1987-1989.

DePauw University, Assistant Professor, 1984; Instructor, 1982-1983.

Purdue University, Teaching Assistant, 1977-1982.

Scholarly Interests/Activities

Buddhism in Asian Literature, Liberation Theology in Latin American Literature, Business Writing: Consulting

Service Interests/Activities


Selected University Committees (2011-Present):     

  • Undergraduate Probation and Reinstatement Committee, 2017-19
  • Faculty Senate, 2017-19, 2010-14
  • College Faculty Council, 2010-13
  • College Committee on Promotion and Tenure, 2014-15
  • Sibberson Awards Committee, 2015-17
  • Sabbatical Committee, 2010-15
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: Treasurer,  2008-15


  • Creative Writing: Advisor
  • Tenure & Promotion Review: Chair of various committees
  • Third-Year Review: Chair of various committees
  • Literature Committee


  • AP Literature Exam, Grader
  • Business Writing Consultant
Career Accomplishments

Awarded the Ned N. Fleming Award for Excellence in Teaching, April 17, 2012.

Yearly presentation in Asian literature at the Asian Studies Development Program and/or Japanese Studies Association conference.

Asian Studies Grants:

Japan and East Asian Relationships: Focus Literature. Japanese Studies Association (Freeman Foundation Grant), Wichita, KS. October 17-19, 2013

WU Faculty Development Grant: "Continuity, Conflict, and Change in Indian Cultures and Societies." Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP). Kansas City, KS, Sept. 18-20, 2008.

Freeman Foundation Grant: "Incorporating Japan Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum." Japanese Studies Association/Tokai Univ., Honolulu, HI May 22-June 10, 2005.

NEH Grant: "Traditions of Dissent: Negotiating Change in Asian Societies." ASDP. Kansas City, MO April 2-6, 2003.

NEH Grant: "Continuities and Crises: The Interplay of Religion and Politics in China." ASDP/East-West Center. Honolulu, HI June 4-July 6, 2001.