• Faculty

  • Mary Watson

    Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement

    Email
    marywatson@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

    Download vCard

    Mary Watson

    Profile

    Mary Watson was appointed Executive Dean of the Schools of Public Engagement in July 2014. In this capacity, she leads the founding division of The New School with the aim of advancing its innovative approaches to action oriented, engaged learning in the world. Her current work at The New School includes co-leading a university-wide management, leadership, and entrepreneurship initiative, Management @ The New School, which bridges programs in strategic design and management, media management, arts entrepreneurship, and nonprofit and organizational change management. Watson is a key leader worldwide in university networks advancing change in higher education, including the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and the Ashoka Changemaker campus initiative. She is co-founder of The New School’s university-wide Social Innovation Initiative and Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, which includes The New School Collaboratory, a Rockefeller Foundation-funded initiative on university community partnerships. Watson contributed the chapter "Designing the University of the Future: A New Global Agenda for Higher Education" for the book, The New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, and Pathways for the International Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) edited by Diana Ayton-Shenker.

    Watson's creative practice and scholarship on the human rights of workers reflect her commitment to a more just and equitable world. She has more than two decades of experience in higher education as a faculty member, chair, associate dean, and interim dean, as well as broad experience in change leadership consulting for organizations and universities. She is a recipient of The New School's Distinguished University Teaching Award. Watson holds a PhD in Organization Studies from Vanderbilt University.


    Current Courses

    Human Rights in Global Fashion

    Human Rights in Global Fashion (Spring 2019)

    Human Rights in Global Fashion

    Human Rights in Global Fashion

    Independent Study

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application

Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Close