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Mary Sheldon

Associate Professor
College of Arts & 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.

  • EN 133 A, Stories Around The World
  • EN 208 A, Business & Technical Writing
  • EN 208 B, Business & Technical Writing
  • EN 361 A, World Lit II
  • EN 399 E, Spec Topics-Writing/Reading
  • LS 601 GA, Intdscplinary Smr Humanities
Scholarly Interests/Activities

Buddhism in Asian Literature

Liberation Theology in Latin American Literature

Business Writing: Consulting

Service Interests/Activities


Faculty Senate

General Education Ad Hoc Committee

College Faculty Council: Curriculum Committee; Technology Advisory Committee

Sabbatical Committee

Faculty Mentor

Phi Kappa Phi: Treasurer  


English Education Advisor

English Education Assessment Reviews


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:

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.