Faculty & Staff

Dr. Mary K. Devono

Dean, College of Education and Music

Personal Statement
A graduate of West Virginia University School of Human Resources and Education, I have strong knowledge of curriculum and instruction, administration, and the arts. My experience in writing grant proposals, developing system-wide professional development, instructing the adult learner and designing assessment tools for data analysis are skills that strengthen my service and commitment to educating America’s future. I am currently employed at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia, where I chair the education department, coordinate the education department’s accreditation process, and teach education courses.


2007-2009 West Virginia University
Ed. D. Curriculum and Instruction with Education Administration and Arts
Completed dissertation in final year: A qualitative study on Teacher decision making and integrating the arts into classroom instruction.

2001-2003 Salem International University
Administrative Leadership Certification
Completed administrative leadership program for Superintendent, Curriculum Supervisor, and Principal certificate. Successfully completed the practicum experience in vocational school, shadowed superintendent and personnel director. Attended WV Department of Education Evaluation Leadership Institute for Policy 5310

1993-1994 Marshall University College of Graduate Studies
Reading Recovery Teacher Certification
Attended annual Reading Recovery Conferences in Columbus, Ohio to maintain continuing contact and professional development

1986-1987 West Virginia University
Reading Specialist Endorsement
Specialization includes Remedial Reading grades K-12 and Developmental Reading grades 7-8

1973-1975 West Virginia University
Master of Music Education
Recorded Amazing Grace in Appalachian vocal style designed and built a dulcimer.

1979-1981 Fairmont State College
Elementary Education K-6 Endorsement
Elementary education Endorsement to my fine arts bachelor’s degree

1969-1973 Fairmont State College
Bachelor of Arts Music Education K-12
Fairmont State College music scholarship recipient, Charter Member and officer of Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s music honorary. Piano recital performances include works by Chopin and Debussy. I was on the Dean’s List and a Cum Laude Graduate.


• Fully credentialed by the State of West Virginia
• Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with minor areas of Literacy, Music, and Education Leadership
• Master’s Degrees (2) in Music Education and the Performing Arts
• National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Early Childhood Generalist Certificate
• Experience working in elementary and secondary grade spans
• Experienced in creating syllabi, curriculum maps, detailed lesson plans, grading rubrics, teacher professional development
• Clear communicator who partners with colleagues and constituents to attain educational success
• Collaborative team player
• Maintains a safe and stimulating learning environment


Alderson Broaddus University
Assistant Professor August 2011-Present
I am employed by the university in the department of education as the department chair. My responsibilities include:
• coordinating the education program initiatives
• submitting program re-approval, CARs, and TEAC accreditation, Title II Reporting
• collaborating with WV Department of Education to coordinate accreditation visits
• advising students
• teaching
West Virginia University
Adjunct Instructor of Doctoral Students Fall 2010-Present
I teach traditional classroom and online courses in Qualitative Research Methods for doctoral students. The rigorous and relevant syllabus was designed to include field experiences, article studies, qualitative dissertation analysis and review, poster presentations, and a lens paper. Final project included a small qualitative methods study and a publishing activity.
First Presbyterian Church 1993-Present
Organist and Pianist for all church services. I accompany the vocal ensembles and bell choirs, and perform in community festivals, concerts, and events. I have provided organ recitals for the community and have the occasion to provide music at wedding and funeral services.


Alderson Broaddus Provost Administrative Staff Council 2011
I have the opportunity to collaborate with senior administration in staying current with the college academic initiatives. The council leadership role requires monthly committee and planning sessions in which department and division leaders study the current and future course of academics at AB University.

Alderson Broaddus Master Plan Committee 2011
The master plan committee seeks to represent the mission of Alderson Broaddus University’s strategic plan by keeping buildings and grounds in good repair and promote an aesthetic appeal. The committee meets regularly to provide input to architects on current and future program needs. We work together as a committee to identify the priority needs for campus development so that we can keep pace with the anticipated growing student enrollments.

Alderson Broaddus Budget Committee 2011
As department chair, my role is to coordinate the development of our annual budget. Membership on the college budget committee is a way to receive staff development on accounting, procurement, and inventory procedures as well as maintain fiscal accountability to the AB University mission.

Title I Committee of Practitioners 2008-Present
Serve with educational stakeholders throughout the state to review practices and procedures for Title I compliance and monitoring. The committee meets quarterly throughout the year to review and improve the Title I initiatives and to support the program development throughout the state.

WV Teacher of the Year 2003
Served the state as West Virginia’s 2003 Teacher of the Year. I was fortunate to travel throughout the state as a speaker and an ambassador for teachers and to attend the National Teacher of the Year events in Washington, DC and Dallas, TX. Additionally, one high school student from my district attended International Space Camp with me in Huntsville, Alabama.


• Light the Night Walk for Leukemia
• Sponsor for March of Dimes
• United Way of Harrison and Monongalia Counties
• Accompanist for Jubilate Singers and Bell Choir in Clarksburg, WV
• Community Cultural Events
• Italian and Scottish Heritage
• Concert Musician and Accompanist

I have developed a set of skills that helps me to see a vision, identify the steps and timelines needed to accomplish the vision, and to gather the human resources to collaborate for goal attainment. Organization and focus are my two strongest attributes. I thrive in an environment of change and have learned to adjust to and embrace flexibility. My interest and ability in curriculum design have led me to consulting, presenting, and designing learning opportunities for educators. I have served committees to design statewide train-the-trainer initiatives such as the WVDE Content Standards Training. I serve my local district in the development of a 5-yr strategic plan I which committees work together to plan action steps for the school system. This committee presents the plan to the public in an annual meeting. As a musician, I have served as music director, choral conductor, and have organized community choral events for local churches.

Courses you teach:
Education Foundations EDUC 200
Education Psychology EDUC 270, EDUC 290
Student Teaching EDUC 500

Memorable AB moment:
As a new faculty member at AB University, I really enjoy our faculty-staff gatherings such as the opening school convocation replete with our regalia, the choral offerings, and the honors bestowed on outstanding faculty and staff. These moments help me to realize the joy of being part of an intellectual and spiritual community.

Doctoral Dissertation: Teacher Decision Making and teh Implementation of an Integrated Arts Curriculum, 2009

Special Interests:
Creative interests such as music--MFA in Organ Performance and MEd. Hand crafts--toll painting, calligraphy, quilting (2 winning quilts), counted cross-stich, roller-blading, hiking, yoga, spending time with my family and enjoying the joys of grandchildren!