Mary Erina Driscoll head shot

Vice President Academic Affairs

Department Academic Affairs

Mailing Address

Regis College

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


    Dr. Driscoll is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Regis College. Prior to Regis, Dr. Driscoll served as the dean of the School of Education at The City College of New York (CCNY), where she held the Harold Kobliner Chair in Education and was a professor of educational leadership.

    For two years, she served as CCNY’s interim provost and senior academic vice president, responsible for the leadership and strategic planning for eight schools and divisions, enrolling over 15,000 students. She previously served as the chair of the Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She was an associate professor of educational administration at NYU and an assistant professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has served on a number of boards and scholarly societies, and is currently the chair of the board of trustees at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula in the Bronx.

    Driscoll is a contributing author of the book A Life in Classrooms: Philip W. Jackson and the Practice of Education. She has also authored numerous articles in journals such as the Peabody Journal of Education, the American Journal of Education and the Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice.


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Administration, Institutional and Policy Studies, The University of Chicago, 1989

    Master of Arts in Child Development, Sarah Lawrence College, 1980

    Bachelor of Arts interdisciplinary major: Music, Child Development and Psychology, Connecticut College, 1978

    Hansen, D., Driscoll, M.E. and Arcilla, R. (Eds.) (2007). A life in classrooms: A Life in Classrooms: Philip W. Jackson and the Practice of Education. New York: Teachers College Press.

    Book Chapters

    Driscoll, M.E. (2009). "The Herring Constable, the Bog Manager and the Harbor Master: The Promise and Peril of Educational Leadership and the new Localism" in R. Crowson and E. Goldring (Ed.), The new Localism in American Education, 2009 Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, online edition.

    Driscoll, M.E. (2007). "The Circus Animals' Desertion: Lessons for Leadership in the Work of Philip W. Jackson" in D. Hansen, M.E. Driscoll, and R. Arcilla, (Eds.), A Life in Classrooms: Philip W. Jackson and the Practice of Education, New York: Teachers College Press, 92-107.

    Driscoll, M.E., Hansen, D., and Arcilla, R. (2007). "To Watch the Water Clear" in D. Hansen, M.E. Driscoll, and R. Arcilla, (Eds.), A Life in Classrooms: Philip W. Jackson and the Practice of Education, New York: Teachers College Press, 8-16.

    Driscoll, M.E. and Goldring, E.B. (2005). "How can School Leaders Incorporate Communities as Contexts for Student Learning?" in W. Firestone and C. Riehl (Eds.) A new Agenda for Research on Educational Leadership, New York: Teachers College Press, 61-80.

    Driscoll, M. E. (2004) "The Sense of Place and Conant's Legacy: Connecting Schools and Their Communities" in F. Hammack. (Ed.) The Comprehensive High School Today, New York, Teachers College Press, 114-128.

    Driscoll, M. E. with Finch, A. (2003). "School-Community Relations and Successful Schools" in R. Crowson, School-Community Relations, Under Reform, 3rd Edition, Berkeley, CA: McCutchan, 113-152.

    Driscoll, M. E. (2001). "The Sense of Place and the Neighborhood School: Implications for Building Social Capital and for Community Development" in R. Crowson (Ed), Community Development and School Reform, New York, JAI/Elseveier, 19-42.

    Driscoll, M. E. and Kerchner, C. (1999). "The Implications of Social Capital Theory for Schools, Communities and Cities: Educational Administration as if a Sense of Place Mattered" in K. Louis and J. Murphy (Eds.) The Handbook of Research on Educational Administration, 2nd Edition, San Francisco, American Educational Research Association/Jossey Bass, 385-404.

    Rust, F., Astuto, T., Driscoll, M.E., Blakeney, M. and Ross, J. (1998). "Supervision in the Fine and performing Arts" in G. R. Firth and E. F. Pajak (Eds.), Handbook of Research on School Supervision, New York: Simon and Schuster/Macmillan, 506-517.

    Driscoll, M. E. (1998). "School Community Relations and School Effectiveness" in R. Crowson (Ed), School-Community Relations Under Reform, 2nd Edition, Berkeley, CA: McCutchan, 105-128.

    Driscoll, M. E., Boyd, W. and Crowson, R. (1997). "Collaborative Services Initiatives: A Report of a National Survey Of Programs" in G. Haertel and M. Wang (Eds.), Coordination, Cooperation and Collaboration: What We Know About School-Linked Services, Philadelphia, PA: The Mid-Atlantic Regional Laboratory for Student Success at Temple University, 49-88.

    Driscoll, M. E. (1996). "'We Have the Right to be Different': Educational Community Through a Neoinstitutional Lens" in R. Crowson, H. Mawhinney and W. L. Boyd (Eds.), The Politics of Education and the new Institutionalism: 1995 Yearbook of the Politics of Education Association, New York: Falmer Press, 55-68.

    Driscoll, M. E. and Boyd, W. (1995). "The Politics of Educational Productivity Revisited: New Insights on the Process of School Change in the Light of Systemic Reform" in. B. Levin, W. Fowler and H. Walberg (Eds.), Organizational influences on educational productivity, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 215-238.

    Driscoll, M. E. (1995). "Thinking Like a Fish: The Implications of Community for Parents and Schools" in B. Schneider and P. Cookson (Eds.), Transforming Schools, New York and London: Garland Publishing, 209-236.

    Driscoll, M. E. (1993). "Choice, Achievement and Community" in R. Rothstein and E. Rasell. (Eds.), School Choice: Examining the Evidence, Washington, D. C.: Economic Policy Institute, 147-172.