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Meet the MBA Faculty: Mary Ellen Wells

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Mary Ellen Wells’ career started as a straight line, right up the proverbial career ladder. College. Tax consultant. Law school. Attorney. But after 7 years as a practicing lawyer, she was ready for a career change.

She stepped on Alvernia University’s campus in Pennsylvania as a student, taking classes to become an English teacher. Soon thereafter, she became an adjunct in Alvernia’s business department, still working towards her goal of teaching English by being a substitute teacher at local schools.

That’s when her career veered in a different direction.

“I realized I really loved teaching at the college level since it combines all of my interests and education,” explains Wells. Now, with 14 years of teaching at Alvernia under her belt, she’s settled into a career that she really enjoys. She teaches undergrad, graduate and PHD level classes and has a passion for writing and publishing.

She spent the last seven years as chair of the business department, stepping down from the position this year so she could devote more time publishing and helping Alvernia to make a more seamless connection with the community.

Alvernia has a history of taking their MBA program direct to businesses and Wells has been a part of this effort, teaching on-site at Godiva, Reading Hospital and St. Joseph’s Medical Center. She’s currently teaching MBA courses on-site at Penske.

And thanks to her efforts, Alvernia has become a Volunteer Income Tax Preparation site. She and all of the students in her federal taxation class will be helping low income and elderly individuals in Berks County prepare their taxes on March 1.

Without the added responsibilities of being department chair, she now has more time to focus on publishing.

“I had a writing mentor who told me to always ask of my writing, ‘what are you adding to the field?’ and I enjoy the prospect of adding to the body of knowledge in my field of law,” she said.

Wells has had two articles published in the American Business Law Journal, which is quite an accomplishment since it has under a 5% acceptance rate. She will be presenting her newest paper on self regulation with a colleague this summer at the annual Academy of Legal Studies conference in Seattle. She attends the conference most years and says she looks forward to the new knowledge she always gains from the other business law professors.

When not in the classroom, Wells can be found walking, jogging, enjoying movies or knitting.  Someday you may see her enjoying the scenery from the driver’s seat of a bike since she recently obtained her motorcycle license.

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