Mary Ni

Professional Details

Title Associate Professor
Department Secondary and Higher Education
Office Sullivan Building 305C
Phone 978.542.7076
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

EDG 705 Culturally Responsive Teaching
EDU 206 Emotional Literacy and Counseling Fundamentals
EDU 876 Global Perspectives in Cultural Diversity

Professional Biography

Mary Ni, a 2017 Fulbright Scholar, received her Ed.D. from Harvard University. She coordinated the M.Ed. School Counseling Program at SSU from 2001-2012. Before arriving at Salem State, she held positions as an assistant dean at MIT, a director of multicultural education at The College of the Holy Cross, and a project director, school psychologist and guidance counselor in Massachusetts public schools. A reflective practitioner, she is interested in "giving psychology away" by mainstreaming counseling and other psychological concepts through the understanding, teaching and practice of emotional literacy skills. Currently she teaches EDU206 Emotional Literacy: Fundamentals and Practice; EDG705 The Culturally Responsive Classroom; and EDU876 Global Perspectives in Education.

Professional Interests

She is interested in how good peer supports are developed and sustained, within and across cultures. This includes the development of emotional literacy skills, conflict resolution skills, and counseling skills. It is also related to developing classes and programs that promote self-reflection, understanding of self and other, and pro-active movement towards building safe, effective communities of care.


EDU206 -Emotional Literacy & Counseling Fundamentals; EDG840 - Emotional Literacy: Fundamentals and Practice; EDG705, The Culturally Responsive Classroom; EDU876, Global Perspectives in Education

Selected Publications

"Stoicism Unwound: Teaching About Emotional Literacy in China." Narrative Inquiries from Fulbright Lecturers in China: Cross-Cultural Connections in Higher Education, Eds., Shin Freedman, Jeannette Cockcroft. Routledge. 2019.

“Speaking the Unspeakable,” Ni, Mary and Johnson, Carl. Sextant.  Volume XX,No.1. Fall 2012.

“What Is It, To Be Pretty?” Crossing Borders, Making Homes: Stories of Resilient Women. Dalia J. Llera, Ph. D. Dolita Cathcart, Ed D. Eleanor Roffman, editors. Publish America: 2009.

“This I Believe: Love Is Shown In Different Ways,” an essay placed on the This I Believewebsite: July, 2007.

“Walk the Walk: Improving Clinician-Patient Communication,” CIAOMed News and Perspectives. Ed., Peter Lipsky. Oct 2006.

“Opening Circles: A Simple Way to Begin to Build Interactive Classroom Communities,” Sextant, Spring 2006, Volume XIV, No.1

“As an Experiment We would Temporarily Turn the Tables on All the Men,” in If Women Ruled the World, Ed., Sheila Ellison. HA: Inner Ocean Publishing Co. 2004.

“Critical Incident: Involuntary Membership ‘Do I Really Have to Go?’” Response Paper submitted for publicationin Critical Incidents in Group Counseling, First Edition, Eds. Perusse, Rachelle, (American Counseling Association) summer 2002

Selected Presentations

“The Relevance of Emotional Literacy and Listening to Feelings When DoingQualitative Research,” 5th Annual Symposium on Qualitative Research: Praxis and Reflection, Zhuhai, China 4.21-23.17

“Emotional Literacy: Application in Classroom Management and Practice,” MASCA Annual Conference, Apr, 2016

“Interrupting Racism in Every Day Life,” Diversity Challenge, Boston College, Oct 2014

“Emotional Literacy in Teaching and Learning,” Keynote Address at The Second Teaching Advancement and Faculty Development Conference of Shandong Province, Shandong University, Jinan, China May 2014

“Enhancing Teaching and Learning:  The Theory and Practice of Emotional Literacy,” Presentation at Beijing University, Beijing, China May 2014

“Making ‘Other’ into ‘Us’: Using Emotional Literacy Skills to Help Educate for Social Justice,” National Association for Multicultural Education, Oakland, CA November 2013

“Emotional Literacy: An Essential Component When Dealing With Difficult Race Relations,” Boston College, Diversity Challenge, October 2013

“Embrace the Discomfort: Developing Emotional Literacy Skills for Personal and Professional Gain,” MASCA Annual Conference, Hyannis, MA. April 2013

Six week workshop and lecture tour: “Developing Emotional Literacy,” “Peer Counseling Training and Practice,” “Multicultural Issues in Education” in China (April/May 2009)

“Speaking the Unspeakable Across Lines of Difference,” co-presenter with Carl (Cap) Johnson at ACES (Association for Counselor Education and Supervision) National Conference, San Diego, CA, Oct 2009.

“Best Practices in Teaching Diversity,” co-presenter with Tracy Robinson-Wood at NARACES (North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision) Conference, Portland, ME, Sept 2008.

“Teaching Privilege to the Privileged,” presentation with TracyRobinson-Wood at Massachusetts and Rhode Island Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (MARIACES), Salem State College, Salem, MA, Mar 2008.

Personal Interests

squash, scrabble, good talks, long walks, delicious food, joyful challenges, promoting peace and justice within my family, community, and the wider world