Mary Ann Short

Associate Director for Administration
Professional Education Program

Mary Ann Short holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) Degree and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Labor/Management Studies from Stony Brook University. She is also a Certified Humane Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.) for Humane Society Youth, an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States.

She has been employed with the University since 1984, serving in various professional capacities including as Teaching Hospital Financial Analyst for University Hospital, Assistant to the Dean and Director of Financial Aid in the School of Dental Medicine, Program Administrator for the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and currently as Associate Director for Administration in the Professional Education Program.

Ms. Short's University and departmental service has included, but not been limited to, the following:

  • PEP NCATE Coordinator
  • PEP Policy and By-Laws Committee
  • PEP Colloquia Committee
  • PEP Website Administrator/Content Manager
  • PEP Advisory Board (ex-officio)
  • President's Advisory Council for Diversity and Affirmative Action
  • AA/EEO Committee for Institutes and Centers (Chair, 1995-2014)
  • Stony Brook University UUP Department Representative
  • University Web Content Group
  • Excellence in Professional Service Committee
  • College Committee on Professional Evaluation
  • UUP Chapter Committee for Affirmative Action
  • Administrative Review Committee
  • Employees Governing Board
  • University At-Large Senator
  • Campus Women' Safety Committee
  • SBU Cat Network
  • Health Sciences Center AA/EEO, Financial Aid Advisory, and University Graduation Committees

Ms. Short has also served on numerous departmental and University recruitment/search committees. She was also Instructor for four sections of USB 101 (an Introduction to Campus Life course).

Ms. Short is a recipient of the University President's and SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Professional Service (2002-2003).

She was selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of Strathmore' WHO's WHO, historically a leading biographical publication listing thousands of successful individuals in the fields of Medicine, Business, Education, the Arts & Sciences, Research, Health Care, Law, Engineering, and Government, which recognizes those men and women who have achieved success in their profession. She is also an invited organizational member (April 2007).

She is also a published author. A Friend Indeed (copyright 1999, 2002), is a young adult novel about friendship, faith and the interdependence of all life. This title is included in the ASPCA's (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) annotated Children's Bibliography of Recommended Books, is among the recommended readings for BookAdventure.org. (a literacy support website sponsored by the Sylvan Learning Foundation), and has been integrated with the Health Education and Human Development curriculum in the Westhampton Beach Middle School. Ms. Short has been an invited guest of the Westhampton Beach School District for several years, and has presented to hundreds of sixth graders during this time. She has also performed author visits pertaining to this book for fourth graders at the Wading River School (Wading River, NY), for Camp Sea Wolf at Peconic Dunes (Peconic, NY), and for the Medford Avenue Elementary School (Patchogue-Medford School District). Her second children's book, entitled Angel (copyright 2004) is an illustrated book for younger readers that speaks to a mother's everlasting love for her child that survives against all odds. It is a story about miracles, and the faith that enables us to both believe without seeing, and to see because we believe. This title is also included in the BookAdventure.org reading list.

In December 2010, Ms. Short presented a 2 hour professional development workshop for teachers at Eastern Suffolk BOCES (Sherwood Center, Holbrook, NY) titled Building Character Through Stories. This workshop incorporated literature in the form of humane-themed short stories for integration into multidisciplinary curricula for the meeting of character education mandates in our public schools.