Faculty Feature: Debbie Mael, Associate Professor of English

Associate Professor of English Debbie Mael has been at Newbury for almost forty years

Faculty Feature: Debbie Mael, Associate Professor of English

Mar. 22, 2018 – Professor Debbie Mael has been at Newbury for almost forty years and remains a dedicated and inspiring member of the Newbury Community. As part of the School of Arts & Sciences, Professor Mael teaches English and the first-year Foundations of Liberal Arts course. “Where can a person have such opportunities to be creative every fifteen weeks or so, or even every other day?” said Professor Mael. “That's what I love about teaching at Newbury. I have always been supported in developing new courses and new assignments, no matter how non-traditional they might have been. The opportunities at the College, program, and course level for innovation have been endless.”

Professor Mael received her bachelor’s degree from Colby College and her master’s degree from Boston College. She taught at Holliston Junior College for one year before coming to Newbury; however, according to Mael, she has “been teaching since I was a little girl and first discovered chalk.”

Professor Mael listed The Literary Fairy Tale, Madness in Literature, Shakespearean Drama, and Foundation of Liberal Arts as some of her favorite classes to teach, but said, “One of my major conflicts is that I have too many favorite classes. I want to teach them all! I appreciate the variety and the opportunity to see students transform and grow confident in their learning.”

Working at a small college like Newbury gives Mael greater opportunity to engage with her students. “I've always been grateful that…teaching and learning has always occurred in small, engaged spaces, where interaction with students and between students is the norm. It's in these spaces that I've been privileged, over and over, to witness the ‘aha!’ moment—when something clicks for a student or for the class and when they see the multiple ways that a text, a line, a word can be interpreted. They realize that they are active agents in these interpretations, and that their voices are important.”

Professor Mael also explained that she enjoys collaborating and learning with her colleagues. “I've also been so fortunate to work with dedicated, smart, and caring colleagues on the faculty and on the co-curricular side of the College,” said Mael. “I have learned so much from them and have been inspired and challenged to do more, to change it up, and to reflect on what I'm doing. We have had rich faculty development here about the most important thing that we do: teaching. We have been engaged in the classroom in innovative ways for over twenty years.”

Newbury thanks Professor Mael for her constant dedication to her students and to the College’s mission for almost forty years.




About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens. 

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