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Our Team

Learn more about the a2ru staff and our Executive Committee, a group of national leaders and innovators who help shape a2ru programs and policies.

Staff

Maryrose Flanigan
Executive Director
Maryrose Flanigan
Executive Director

Maryrose Flanigan is the executive director of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), where she oversees a network of universities which are committed to advancing arts-based and interdisciplinary research, practice, and teaching in higher education. She serves on a presidential advisory group for the arts initiative at a2ru’s headquarters at the University of Michigan and is part of the advisory cohort for the Imagining America’s Leading and Learning Initiative: Shifting Institutional Culture to Fortify Public Scholarship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Prior to joining the staff at a2ru, she served in various roles at the National Endowment for the Arts: as division coordinator for Literature and Arts Education, as a specialist for the creative writing and translation fellowships; and served as program manager for national programs Poetry Out Loud and the NEA Big Read. She has also served as associate editor for Office of Communications and Public Affairs (OCPA) at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); and associate director for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Maryrose has an M.F.A. in poetry from American University.

 

Shannon Fitzsimons Moen
Associate Director
Shannon Fitzsimons Moen
Associate Director

Shannon Fitzsimons Moen’s professional practice bridges the performing arts and higher education; in administrative, artistic, and educational roles, she has honed her ability to connect artists, educators, audiences, and ideas in unexpected and illuminating ways that spark dynamic discovery and growth.

Prior to joining a2ru, Shannon served as the inaugural University Programs Manager at UMS (University Musical Society), the performing arts presenter at the University of Michigan. Shannon designed and managed UMS’s portfolio of university-based arts-academic integration programs, which she grew to serve nearly 3,700 students in 2018-2019. Key initiatives included “Engaging Performance,” a team-taught course introducing U-M undergraduates to the performing arts through the lens of the UMS season; two granting programs for faculty to develop arts-integrative teaching skills; and a commissioned series of white papers and case studies on arts integration best practices for faculty.

Shannon also produced several UMS main stage performances and its Research Residency program each season. Projects included work by Yo Yo Ma, Ivo van Hove/Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the Takacs Quartet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ping Chong + Company, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe, pianist Igor Levit, rapper/poet Omar Offendum, solo performer Edgar Oliver, and Alec Baldwin.

Prior to joining UMS, Shannon worked as a dramaturg, audience educator, and theatre writer for companies across the country including The Public Theater/Under the Radar, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, California Shakespeare Theater, and African-American Shakespeare Company. She also designed and taught courses in American theatre history and dramaturgy at Northwestern University.

Educated at Hamilton College and Northwestern University, Shannon is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University.

Veronica Stanich
Research Program Manager
Veronica Stanich
Research Program Manager

Veronica Dittman Stanich holds a PhD in Dance Studies from the Ohio State University. Her interview- and observation-based research investigating audience responses to postmodern dance has been published in Dance Chronicle and Dance Research, and presented to the Congress on Research in Dance. Her work on the a2ru research team has resulted in workshops, whitepapers, and other resources concerning arts integration impacts; issues around tenure and promotion for the arts, design, and interdisciplinary practices; and interdisciplinary collaboration. Veronica is the Managing Editor of Ground Works, a2ru’s online platform for arts-integrated research.

Charisse Willis
Program Coordinator / Conference Director
Charisse Willis
Program Coordinator / Conference Director

Prior to joining a2ru, Charisse honed her coordination skills while serving as the Conference Coordinator for the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. There, she planned and executed international conferences with up to 500 attendees from over 50 different countries. She has also served as the Meeting and Event Coordinator for the Early Modern Colloquium and the Workshop Co-Coordinator for the Religion in the Early Modern Atlantic Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop.

Currently, she volunteers with UM’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center’s Raise the Bar program to teach bar, restaurant, and transportation staff how to identify consensual versus perpetrating behavior and serve as active bystanders. She also encourages students to find ways to combine their academic interests with community engagement through a scholarship she established at Wagner College, Academics for Activism. This scholarship is awarded annually to students who plan to enter higher education for the express purpose of strengthening their ongoing activist work in underprivileged communities.

Charisse received a BA in English from Wagner College. She also holds a MA in English Language and Literature and a PhD in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. She has created and taught courses in English, Political Science, and Women’s Studies, almost all of which have included gameful design. Her teaching philosophy is centered on the idea that learning should be fun, skill-based, and personalized. She continues to fulfill her passion for teaching by tutoring students in the Ann Arbor community.

Andrew Hosler
Student Assistant
Andrew Hosler
Student Assistant

Saxophonist and new music curator Drew Hosler currently serves as the Assistant Managing Director for the Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project, the Marketing and Media Assistant for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, a Beta Tester for Silverstein Works, and an intern for the Akropolis Quintet. He also runs and maintains a private saxophone studio of students from all over the country. Drew is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance, a Master of Music in Chamber Music, and a Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship & Leadership from the University of Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from Bowling Green State University.

As a saxophonist, Drew is an advocate for contemporary music, having commissioned over one-hundred pieces by award-winning composers from all over the world including Andrew Mead, Alexis Bacon, Benjamin Attahir, Jamie Leigh Sampson, Gregory Wanamaker, Spencer Arias, and Marilyn Shrude. His upcoming debut solo album, delta waves, features thirteen world premiere recordings of 21st century works for the tenor saxophone. For this album, he has been awarded grants from EXCEL Enterprise Fund and ArtsEngine. Drew is a founding member and saxophonist for the new music ensemble, The _____ Experiment. In March 2020, they released their debut album, Conversations.

Executive Committee

Yvonne Houy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Yvonne Houy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

As Learning Technologist for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Fine Arts, Dr. Yvonne Houy supports faculty in all of its seven areas (Architecture, Art, Entertainment Engineering Design, Dance, Film, Music and Theatre)—over 120 tenured and tenure-track faculty, part-time professors of practice and graduate teaching assistants. Her goal is to improve faculty satisfaction and student learning outcomes through a wide variety of online educational resources for in-person, hybrid and fully online courses.

A graduate of Cornell University (M.A. & Ph.D.) and the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.), and former Visiting Assistant Professor at the highly selective, liberal arts-focused Pomona College, Dr. Houy understands the needs and challenges of higher education institutions that value research, teaching, and diversity. This is enhanced by her interdisciplinary career: After earning her Ph.D. in the Humanities with a media studies emphasis, she followed her interest in online learning technologies and computer programming to become a learning technologist and professional development facilitator.

Believing deeply in the power of learning to drive equity, she is an active member of the international Computer Science For All movement, and, since 2016, a national professional development facilitator for the Code.org Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles curriculum. At the regional level, she has produced events such as the Las Vegas Maker Faire,  the local STEAM educators’ showcase Explore.Learn.Inspire., the interdisciplinary Las Vegas Make-a-thon 2.0 on the future of experience design, and online transdisciplinary design charrettes to transform arts education. In all these projects and her courses she enjoys teaching artists and designers how to use coding and mobile app development as a new creative “canvas.”

Influenced by Design Thinking and Aikido, she is known in the UNLV community as a resource who bridges divergent perspectives for productive collaborations. She has facilitated Design Sprints, transdisciplinary program development discussions, chairs the College of Fine Arts Work Climate Task Force, and is a trained mediator. She serves on the UNLV Faculty Technology Advisory Board and the UNLV Senate Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and is an active member in the UNLV Office of Online Education Community of Practice. These efforts all support College of Fine Arts’ goals to broaden student access and expand awareness of UNLV’s contributions to the Arts.

Her scholarship focuses on socially and culturally disruptive mobile technologies, propaganda technologies and techniques, and research-based best practices for online student engagement, which is intertwined with her interests in Flow experiences, mental states conducive to productivity and creativity, and her 15+ years of experience in Aikido, the martial art known for balancing conflict resolution and collaboration.

Susan Lakin
Rochester Institute of Technology
Susan Lakin
Rochester Institute of Technology

Susan Lakin is currently a Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the College of Art and Design.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and worked as a freelance photographer in Los Angeles, Sweden and Australia.  In addition to her commercial photography work, she owned and operated a professional retail photographic supply store in Burbank, CA.

Attracted to RIT’s strong photography and computer science departments, Susan accepted her teaching position shortly after completing an MFA in Art Studio with an emphasis in digital arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She works across disciplines in her academic and art practices, which led to her role as a Fellow in the School of Individualized Study, an RIT academic unit that provides flexible individualized education pathways.  Additionally, she serves on the RIT Center for Engaged Storycraft Steering Committee in the College of Liberal Arts, an interdisciplinary center working and playing with story-based creativity, research, and technical craft.

Susan’s artwork has received numerous awards and is part of the permanent collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Photography Museum of Lishui, China.  She has produced multiple interactive transmedia projects exploring the intersections of music, art, and technology.  More recently, she is engaged with immersive technology and collaborates on community projects in the nonprofit sector.  She is a founding member and co-chair of the RIT Frameless Labs, a collective to advance research, innovation and artistic creation in fields of virtual and augmented reality.  She is chair of the 2020 annual Frameless Labs XR Symposium, an event and online journal for the community of VR/AR makers to encourage collaboration, growth of existing ventures and inspiration for new projects and technology.

Kate Hewson
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kate Hewson
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kate Hewson is Associate Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of the Arts, which works with and on behalf of all the fine arts at UW-Madison. The Division offers interdisciplinary arts courses, hosts visiting artists, administers granting and awards programs, convenes cross-college committees, runs arts festivals, and provides multi-platform arts marketing and communications. Kate earned her MA  in Visual Culture from the University of Kent-Canterbury and her MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Outside of work, Kate enjoys traveling and camping with her family, gardening, biking to work, and teaching and practicing improvisational dance.

Mary Lou Aleskie
Dartmouth College
Mary Lou Aleskie
Dartmouth College

Aleskie assumed her role at Dartmouth College in April 2017. She is charged with leading the advancement of the Hopkins Center for the Arts and arts and creativity at Dartmouth. The hallmark of her efforts will build on interdisciplinary projects linking the arts with humanities and STEM initiatives across campus and overseeing the evolution of the Hopkins Center into a 21​st century state-of-the-art facility. She came to Dartmouth from New Haven, Conn., where, since 2005, she was the director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. As director, she produced critically acclaimed performances that fostered local as well as international engagement.

Under Aleskie’s leadership, the 15-day series of performing arts, lectures, and public conversations was cited by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the top five arts presentations in the nation. It is considered the largest international multi-disciplinary festival in New England, and one of the only festivals in North America that blend performances from around the world with dialogues among leading thinkers. From 2002-05, Aleskie served as President and CEO of La Jolla Music Society, San Diego’s premier presenter of world-renowned orchestras, dance companies, and soloists and producer of the award-winning chamber music festival, La Jolla SummerFest. For the decade prior Aleskie was Executive Director of Da Camera of Houston, the ensemble music presenter and producer in residence at the world renowned Menil Collection, acclaimed for its original productions of theatricalized concerts. Aleskie is an internationally known advocate for the power of the arts to bring people together, not only within local communities, but around the globe. She is immediate past chair of the board of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), a New York-based global association for performing arts leaders with 500 members from 60 countries, where she has served on the executive committee for nearly a decade. She is also a National Arts Strategies Executive Global Fellow, having completed leadership development programs at Harvard School of Business, University of Michigan Ross School of Business and University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She also serves on the Arts Advisory Committee of the Yale-China Association, the Public Art Committee at Dartmouth and Dartmouth’s newly established Environmental Humanities Leadership Committee. While in New Haven, she was appointed by the Connecticut State Senate Majority Leader to serve on the State’s Planning Commission for Higher Education, was an Associate Fellow of Branford College at Yale University and a lecturer in theater management at the Yale School of Drama.

R. Benjamin Knapp
Virginia Tech, Co-chair
R. Benjamin Knapp
Virginia Tech, Co-chair

R. Benjamin Knapp is the Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. ICAT seeks to promote research and education at the boundaries between art, design, engineering, and science. Dr. Knapp also leads the Music, Sensors, and Emotion research group, with researchers in the UK and the US.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.

In previous positions, Dr. Knapp has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at University College, Dublin, and chief technology officer of the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre. As the director of technology at MOTO Development Group in San Francisco, Calif., he managed teams of engineers and designers developing human-computer interaction systems for companies such as Sony, Microsoft, and Logitech. He co-founded BioControl Systems, a company that develops mobile bioelectric measurement devices for artistic interaction. Dr. Knapp has also served as professor and chair of the Department of Computer, Information, and Systems Engineering at San Jose State University.

He earned a doctorate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. Dr. Knapp has been a PI in several pan-European projects including, CAPSIL (Common Awareness and Knowledge Platform for Studying and Enabling Independent Living) and SIEMPRE (Social Interaction and Entrainment Using Music Performance) and coordinated the EU project, BRAID (Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development).

Tom Martin
Virginia Tech, Special Advisor for Arts Integration Project
Tom Martin
Virginia Tech, Special Advisor for Arts Integration Project

Tom Martin is the Deputy Executive Director of Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), whose mission is to promote research and education at the intersections of science, engineering, art, and design and a professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, with courtesy appointments in the School of Architecture + Design, the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Engineering Education.  He is the co-director of the Virginia Tech E-textiles Lab.

Martin has been a leader in the areas of wearable computing and electronic textiles for over 25 years. He has been PI or co-PI on over $7 million of external research funding since joining Virginia Tech in 2001. His current research is focused on developing computational architectures and design tools for electronic textiles that will allow domain experts such as designers and artists to develop intelligent garments and home furnishings that will work reliably across a range of populations, environments, and applications.

Martin also has an extensive teaching and research background in interdisciplinary design teams.  Since 2006 he has worked with faculty from industrial design, architecture, marketing, and engineering education in an undergraduate Interdisciplinary Product Development Studio course and a Textile Space course. The faculty led teams of undergraduate students from engineering, design, and business in open-ended design projects involving intelligent products in areas such as pet care for the elderly, safety on construction sites, diabetes management for children, wearable technology for NASA, and interactive architectural installations. Martin has received several externally funded grants related to interdisciplinary teams, the development of disciplinary cultures, and curricula design that attracts a broader range of students to engineering and enables them to pursue a wider range of interdisciplinary careers. In his role as Deputy Executive Director at ICAT, Martin works with students and faculty spanning several colleges to enable them to pursue projects that blend science, engineering, arts, and design, to create new forms of artistic expression and interactive experiences. He is also responsible for fostering relationships with industry, including assembling interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students for brainstorming sessions with company personnel.

Martin received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was one of the first members of the Wearable Computer Lab, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He was a first generation college student and grew up on a farm, where he earned a degree in barnyard engineering, which studies the delicate balance between getting equipment to work and living things to grow without losing any toes or fingers. While at Virginia Tech, Martin has received numerous teaching awards for his work in developing and studying interdisciplinary educational experiences for undergraduate students. In 2006 he was selected for the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research in e-textile-based wearable technology.

Jason Geary
Rutgers University
Jason Geary
Rutgers University

Jason Geary is Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Distinguished Professor of Music at Rutgers University. For twelve years beginning in 2004, he taught musicology at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he also held the role of Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Equity, and Inclusion. Prior to arriving at Rutgers, he served for four years as Director of the School of Music at the University of Maryland and was Special Advisor for the Arts within the College of Arts & Humanities. While at Maryland, Geary enhanced entrepreneurship training for students, forged ties between the arts and sciences, increased diversity across the school, and fostered more inclusive programming, all while significantly growing the school’s fund balance and more than tripling its annual fundraising totals. He also launched several community engagement initiatives, including a student live-in residency at a senior retirement community that garnered national attention, and was involved in the creation of an arts leadership minor for undergraduate students. At Michigan, Geary spearheaded multiple efforts to improve the quality of graduate programs and led a comprehensive strategic planning process around enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Paul Shrivastava
Penn State
Paul Shrivastava
Penn State

Dr. Paul Shrivastava, is Chief Sustainability Officer of Penn State University. He is also Director of Sustainability Institute, and Professor of Management at the Smeal College of Business.  Prior to this he served as the first Executive Director of Future Earth global research platform.

Paul is an academic entrepreneur.  He was part of the team that founded Hindustan Computer Ltd., one of India’s largest computer companies.  He founded the non-profit Industrial Crisis Institute, Inc. New York.  He founded the journal Organization and Environment, (published by Sage Publications).  He was founding President and CEO of eSocrates, Inc., a knowledge management software company, and the founding Chair of the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management.

Paul’s research uses science and arts to develop transdisciplinary solutions to sustainability challenges. His current focus is on implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. He is working with colleagues at Penn State, at Future Earth and at the United Nations to develop programs for implementing SDGs, and monitoring and measuring their progress. He believes that infusing sustainability across research, teaching, community and student engagement at Penn State University’s 23 campuses can help us implement sustainability across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Paul received his Ph. D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He has published 17 books and over 100 articles in refereed and scholarly journals.  He has served on the editorial boards of numerous leading management education journals. His work was recognized with a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and IIM Calcutta Distinguished Alumni Award.

Harvey Young
Boston University
Harvey Young
Boston University

Harvey Young’s research on the performance and experience of race has been widely published in academic journals, profiled in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education. As a commentator on popular culture, he has appeared on CNN, 20/20, and Good Morning America as well as within the pages of the New York TimesBoston GlobeVanity Fair and People.

He is the author of three books, including Embodying Black Experience, winner of “Book of the Year” awards from the National Communication Association and the American Society for Theatre Research; and the editor of five books. His forthcoming edited collection (with Megan Geigner) Theatre After Empire will be published in 2021.

In January 2018, he became Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, where he holds faculty appointments as Professor of English and Professor of Theatre Arts. Previously, Dr. Young was Professor and Chair of Theatre at Northwestern University with appointments in African American Studies, Performance Studies, and Radio/Television/Film.

He is the Immediate Past President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and has served as a Trustee on numerous boards, including the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, American Society for Theatre Research, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and Yale Club of Chicago. A former Harvard and Stanford fellow, Dr. Young graduated with honors from Yale and holds a M.A. from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and a Ph.D. from Cornell.

Jennifer Krivickas
University of Cincinnati, Co-Chair
Jennifer Krivickas
University of Cincinnati, Co-Chair

Jennifer joined the University of Cincinnati Office of the Vice President for Research July 1, 2016. Her portfolio includes: Strategic initiatives including executive direction of the Intuitional-level Urban Impact/Urban Futures Initiative; Research initiatives in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU) initiative; and UC Research and Innovation Week. Jennifer serves on University committees and advisory boards including the UC Executive Research Advisory Board. She develops and administers university-wide, internal funding programs and develops and fosters research collaborations, cross-institutional partnerships, and alliances between UC research and external partners that positively affect the intellectual, cultural, and overall well-being of the community, region, and our global society.

Stephen Rush
University of Michigan
Stephen Rush
University of Michigan

Stephen Rush has written 6 operas, over fifty works for Dance, chamber and electronic works, concertos, and four symphonies; performed by the Detroit Symphony and the Warsaw National Symphony. He has authored two books and at work on a third; including “Free Jazz, Harmolodics and Ornette Coleman.” His writing about Ornette Coleman and Coleman Hawkins were commissioned by the Library of Congress. He has recordings on Leo, Nessa, Innova, ESP Disk’, Equilibrium, Deep Listening, Centaur, MMC, RogueArts (Paris), Eroica, Summit and CALA Records (with the New York Philharmonic Chamber Musicians), and recently recorded as a conductor of the Art Ensemble of Chicago on Pi Records. He is a Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, where he founded the Digital Music Ensemble (DME) which he has directed for 25 years. DME he has worked with Pauline Oliveros, Elliott Sharp, Alvin Lucier and Robert Ashley, and premiered works by John Cage, Philip Glass and La Monte Young. Rush has performed or recorded with Roscoe Mitchell, Pauline Oliveros, Henry Grimes, Eliott Sharp, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, Peter Kowald and Art Ensemble of Chicago. He also tours and records with his electronic psychedelic improvisation band, “Crystal Mooncone”. He is also deeply invested in Installation Art, with current works in collaboration with Michael Gould and Henry Pollack (Nobel Prize winning physicist) –“World Without Ice,” as well as “Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible” in collaboration with scientists at the Fermi Lab.

Kevin Hamilton
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Special Advisor for a2ru Ground Works
Kevin Hamilton
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Special Advisor for a2ru Ground Works

Working in collaborative and cross-disciplinary modes, Kevin produces artworks, archives, and scholarship on such subjects as race and space, public memory, history of technology, and state violence. Recognition for his work has included grants from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities, presentation at conferences across Europe and North America (ISEA/ DEAF/CAA/NCA/ACM-SIGCHI), publication in edited journals and anthologies (Routledge/CCCS/Palm Press/UCLA), and invited residencies (Banff/USC-IML/Bratislava).

As an educator, administrator, and researcher, Kevin is focused on integration of practice-based, historical and theoretical approaches to learning about technological mediation. This work has included the development of several interdisciplinary project-based courses, workshops, and initiatives for students and faculty from the sciences, arts and humanities, with emphases on prototyping, reflection, and methodologies of collaboration.

Maryrose Flanigan
Executive Director
Maryrose Flanigan
Executive Director

Maryrose Flanigan is the executive director of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), where she oversees a network of universities which are committed to advancing arts-based and interdisciplinary research, practice, and teaching in higher education. She serves on a presidential advisory group for the arts initiative at a2ru’s headquarters at the University of Michigan and is part of the advisory cohort for the Imagining America’s Leading and Learning Initiative: Shifting Institutional Culture to Fortify Public Scholarship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Prior to joining the staff at a2ru, she served in various roles at the National Endowment for the Arts: as division coordinator for Literature and Arts Education, as a specialist for the creative writing and translation fellowships; and served as program manager for national programs Poetry Out Loud and the NEA Big Read. She has also served as associate editor for Office of Communications and Public Affairs (OCPA) at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); and associate director for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Maryrose has an M.F.A. in poetry from American University.