Provost

Mary O'Shea

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A native of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. O’Shea is a 29-year veteran educator and a graduate of the University of Kansas. She began her career as a teacher at Topeka Collegiate, a private college preparatory school, where she began her work in accreditation, curriculum development and program evaluation as a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

She moved to Maryland in 1999 where, as a master instructor, she was appointed as the St. Anne’s School of Annapolis Lower School Coordinator responsible for implementing a project-based, integrative learning program using the Responsive Classroom approach. Mrs. O’Shea served on the Association of Independent Maryland Schools visiting accreditation teams and has presented at the annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. O’Shea was the 2002 recipient of the Star Grant for the development of a service-learning curriculum.

After moving the Maryland’s eastern shore, Mrs. O’Shea joined the Country School, a private, independent school in Easton, where she served as a the Chair of the Twenty First Century in Education committee and instituted organization-wide use of Web 2.0 platforms to facilitate faculty access to digital resources, and conducted professional development in support of school-wide technology initiatives.

In 2010, O’Shea joined the DINFOS as an Instructional Systems Specialist, eventually becoming Chief of the Course Development Office in 2014. Ms. O’Shea led course development teams of military subject matter experts in the design of joint military public affairs and visual information training to meet the needs of the Department of Defense’s professional communicators.

After becoming Provost in 2015, and in collaboration with Service Career Field Managers, Ms. O’Shea led the curriculum consolidation of nine legacy MOS producing programs into the Mass Communication Foundations (MCF) program, which launched October 1, 2019. This strategic initiative modernized enlisted public affairs and visual information training by creating enlisted military communicators with multi-platform capabilities.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas, and remained in Lawrence to continue her graduate work in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2014, O’Shea earned her Masters of Business Administration from Liberty University.