Mary Alfred is an associate professor and associate department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A & M University . Her research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning among members of the African Diaspora, welfare reform as it relates to Black women's economic development, and diversity issues in education and the workplace. Other research interests include public school reform in urban contexts and the schooling experiences of African American students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines in post-secondary institutions.
Mary Alfred is the 2003 recipient of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education Early Career Award. This award recognizes an assistant professor in the field of adult education, who has made significant contributions to scholarship, leadership, and service to the profession. She is also a recipient of the Cyril O. Houle Scholars of Adult Education Award. Funded by the Kellogg Foundation, this award recognizes a small number of promising adult education scholars from the US, Southern Africa, and Latin America. Dr. Alfred is currently the president of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education, executive board member of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, co-editor of Adult Learning journal, and editorial board member of Adult Education Quarterly and New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development.
Dr. Alfred earned her MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Texas and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a focus in Adult Education and Human Resource Development Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.