Mary Oling-Sisay

Mary Oling-Sisay | Vice President, Student Services

Research Interests

Leadership, learning in organizations, change in higher education, and collective efficacy paradigms


Dr. Mary Oling-Sisay earned a Baccalaureate degree in English Literature & Linguistics from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda; a Master 's in Public Communications from Fordham University, New York, New York; and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. She is a Professor in the Educational Leadership and Management Program in the California School of Education (CSOE). Dr. Oling-Sisay also currently serves as the Dean of the CSOE & Senior Vice President for Development and Inclusive Excellence. She has over 20 years of senior administrative experience in American Higher Education. She has implemented intentional collaborations between academic and student affairs to enhance the whole student life cycle. She has presented, consulted, and published on: assessment, building a culture of inquiry and evidence, curriculum planning, learning outcomes, equity, inclusive excellence, governance in higher education, student development, and global educational systems. She has teaching experience in educational leadership, global educational systems, gendered organizations, and leadership. Her research interests are: leadership, learning in organizations, and collective efficacy paradigms. She is affiliated with several national, regional professional organizations.

Dr. Oling-Sisay is a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE). She completed completed a year long ACE Executive Leadership program. She is also a graduate of the prestigious Higher Education Resources (HERS) Institute for Women in Higher Education Leadership at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA. Dr. Oling-Sisay enjoys learning new languages (she speaks 10 languages), mentoring, spending time on her sewing machine and batik art.



Oling-Sisay, M. (2017). Don't Touch My Hair: Culturally Responsive Engagement in Service-Learning. In O. Delano-Oriaran, M. Penick-Parks, & S. Fondrie (Eds.), Culturally Engaging Service-Learning With Diverse Communities (pp. 43-55). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-2900-2.ch003


Oling-Sisay, Mary (2015). The Issues and Demographic Data. In Mosley, P., & In Hargrove, S. K (Eds). Navigating academia: A guide for women and minority STEM faculty (pp. 3-14). Academic Press


Oling-Sisay, Mary (2015). Institutional and Societal Cultures. In Mosley, P., & In Hargrove, S. K (Eds). Navigating academia: A guide for women and minority STEM faculty (pp 29-37). Academic Press

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