University of Alabama
Dr. Mary Meares is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on culture, diversity, and communication, including workplace diversity and issues of voice and mistreatment. She teaches intercultural, group, and organizational communication, leadership, and research methods courses. In addition, she works as an advisor for the Serbia Fellowship Experience, a student-led study abroad program. Dr. Meares has also consulted for educational, corporate, and public service organizations in the areas of intercultural transitions, team building, and conflict, and has taught at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication since 1999. Dr. Meares was named the Faculty Mentor of the Year at Washington State University and recently received Alabama’s Buford Peace Award, an award given annually to a faculty member has demonstrated exceptional levels of involvement in mediating human disputes, helping overcome prejudice, promoting justice, and establishing peace.
Dr. Meares sailed on Semester at Sea as a Resident Director early in her career, an experience that encouraged her love for travel and fascination with intercultural communication. That experience also shaped her appreciation for experiential learning. After her return to the US, she worked in a number of intercultural contexts, including counseling international students, immigrants, and refugees in the US, and teaching English in Japan for three years, before completing her doctorate in intercultural communication (Ph.D., New Mexico, 2002). Along with her experiences traveling to over 40 countries, she enjoys photography, yoga, and dance. She is excited be back onboard Semester at Sea as a faculty member.