Mary Aswell Doll

  • B.A., English and history, Connecticut College
  • M.L.A., Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D., interdisciplinary studies, Syracuse University

"Students, especially at SCAD, offer diverse backgrounds and interests to enrich any subject we touch on in class. Their insights open my eyes to what I may have overlooked or underappreciated. A classroom of collegial exchange invigorates my research, which always comes out of my classroom experience."

Mary Aswell Doll | General education professor

Awards, recognition and honors

SUNY Summer Research Grant; SCAD Presidential Fellowship; Listed in Directory of American Scholars; Who's Who in Religion; Who's Who in the South and Southwest; Sears-Roebuck Teaching Excellence and Campus; Leadership Award, OLHCC; Academic Excellence Award for Teaching, University of Redlands


Modern Language Association, Thomas Wolfe Society, American Educational Research Association

Previous Positions

Classroom experience for over forty years

Publications and presentations


  • Beckett and Myth: An Archetypal Approach. Syracuse University Press, 1988.
  • In the Shadow of the Giant: Thomas Wolfe. Ohio University Press, 1988.
  • To the Lighthouse and Back: Writings on Teaching and Living, Peter Lang Press,1995.
  • Like Letters in Running Water: A Mythopoetics of Curriculum. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2000.
  • Triple Takes on Curricular Worlds.SUNY Press, 2006.
  • The More of Myth: A Pedagogy of Diversion. Sense Publishers, 2011.

Recent articles

  • "Shaping the Stone," English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 5:2, 2006, 45-66.
  • "Capacity and Currere," in Pedagogies of the Imagination. Sense Publishers, 2008: 223-230.
  • "Under the Helmet," in Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning. Spring Books, 2009, 173-180.
  • "Other Voices, Other Ruins: Beckett's Spectral Women." Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture. Vol. 79.Spring 2008, 125-140.
  • "Beyond Myth and Memory: Ghostwriting Wolfe," Thomas Wolfe Review. vol. 33,nos. 1 &2, 2009, 83-92.
  • "Afterword: Teaching Along the Way," Cross-Cultural Studies in Curriculum: Eastern Thought, Educational Insights. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2008,349-352.

Recent presentations

  • "Myth, the New "M" theory of Education," AERA conference, April 10, 2011.