Mary Wack joined the Office of the Provost in 2007 and serves as vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement. Her current portfolio includes university-wide academic support services (writing programs, undergraduate research, distinguished scholarships and fellowships, central advising and tutoring services, first-year programs, career services), general education, undergraduate program assessment (Office of Assessment of teaching and Learning), summer programs, transfer issues, undergraduate course management, the Teaching Academy, and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She also coordinates general undergraduate policies, procedures, and strategies.
A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Dr. Wack received bachelor’s degrees summa cum laude in English and Classics from Georgetown University. Following a Fulbright year at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, she completed a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies (emphasis in literature) at Cornell University. In 1984-85 she was a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, and in 1990 she won a Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at Stanford University. Her book, Lovesickness in the Middle Ages, won the Harry Levin Prize from the American Association for Comparative Literature (1990) for the best book in comparative literature.