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S. Mary Fitzgerald, SSND

Associate Professor

School of Education Theresa Hall (THE) 304A 410-532-5126

Courses I teach...

  • Administration and Supervision Practicum I
  • Administration and Supervision Practicum II
  • Leadership Seminar I
  • Global and International Perspectives on Education
  • Supervision in PLIAS program
  • School Leadership Licensure Assessment Review Course
  • Peace and Justice in Religious Studies

School of Education


  • Th.D. La Salle University, Theology, Dissertation: Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Catholic School Administrators
  • M.Ed. Loyola University, Maryland, Educational Management and Supervision
  • M.A. La Salle University, Religious Education
  • B.A. Notre Dame of Maryland University


I joined the faculty at Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2007 after having taught at the secondary level for several years and been a high school administrator for twenty-three years. I firmly believe that education is the strongest force at our disposal for transforming attitudes of persons, societies, and the world. I feel empowered in my teaching at Notre Dame as we equip school leaders with the skills they will need to be outstanding instructional leaders. I enjoy and am impressed by the public school cohorts with whom I work. I am enthused by their energy and creativity. I also thoroughly enjoy working with cohorts of Catholic school administrators. I am energized by their dedication and thirst for development in faith and spirituality, as well as their commitment to academic excellence.

Recent Publications

  • Mary Fitzgerald, SSND and Anthony Sabatino, Ed.D.(2014). Leadership Succession Planning in Catholic Education: An On-going Plan for Leadership Development, Identification, and Selection. Arlington, VA: National Catholic Educational Association Publications.
  • Bridget Connor, GNSH and Mary Fitzgerald, SSND (2017). R Practicum Blueprint. Parker, CO: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Mary Fitzgerald, SSND. (2009). Educational Leadership and the Impact of Religious Charism. Momentum, Feb./Mar. 2009, 18-22.
  • Mary Fitzgerald, SSND. (2010). Students, Staff Join Sisters in Living SSND Charism in New Orleans Project. NAMA News, Jan./Feb. 2010.
  • Mary Fitzgerald, SSND. (2011). Shalom Thrives in Philadelphia. Shalom/UN-NGO Newsletter, Sept. 2011.
  • Mary Fitzgerald, SSND. (2018). Reflections on the Directional Statement. School Sisters of Notre Dame Newslink, Spring, 2018, 8.

Recent Presentations

  • Presenter at National Catholic Educational Association’s Conventions in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018
  • Webinar for NCEA 2016
  • Presenter at Leadership Summit of the National Catholic Educational Association in 2017 and 2018
  • Podcast responder for NCEA on Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation 2017

Professional Organizations

  • National Catholic Educational Association
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Association for the Study of Curriculum Development


  • Board of Directors of the Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest, NJ (2014-2020)
    • Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Board of Directors of the School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore (2012-2018)
    • Vice-chair of the Board
    • Co-chair of the Catholic Identity Committee
    • Member of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Chair of the Board of Caroline House, Bridgeport, CT
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
    • Faculty representative to the Board for Institutional Advancement
    • Faculty representative to the Board for Enrollment Management
    • Member of the President’s Advisory Board for Institutional Advancement
    • Member of the Strategic Planning Committee
    • Member of the Administration and Supervision committee
    • Member of the Faculty Handbook Committee
    • Member of the Global Awareness Committee
    • Member of Advanced Programs Committee
    • Past member of the Academic Issues committee, the Honor Board, the Alternative Resources Committee
    • Supervisor of student interns
    • Coordinator of international internships for the School of Education
    • Current Chair of two dissertation committees
    • Reader for dissertations
    • Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Catholic Eucharist
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame
    • Past member of Mission Advancement Committee
      • Chaired a fund raising event which grossed $131,000 and netted $115,000
      • Served on search committees for new employees in Advancement
    • Member of planning committee for a symposium on the Trinity and Love Gives Everything
    • Organized and coordinated the SSND Build project to restore houses in New Orleans after Katrina from 2009-2012
    • Companioned a pre-associate who became an Associate in June, 2018
  • National Catholic Educational Association
    • Served on the Leadership Advisory Committee
    • Past member of the Executive Committee of the Secondary Schools Division
    • Participant in the Catholic Higher Education in Support of Catholic Schools (CHESCS)
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