Who's Who Top Educators

Mary Duncan, PhD

Title: Graduate School Instructor
Company: Friends University
Location: Topeka, Kansas, United States

Mary Duncan, PhD, Graduate School Instructor at Friends University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

With more than 10 years of experience to her credit, Dr. Duncan has excelled as a graduate school instructor at Friends University since 2016. She previously served with the State of Kansas as a division training coordinator from 2013 to 2021 and an agency training director from 2013 to 2015. Prior to this position, she was active as a student teacher supervisor and a science methods instructor for practicum at Washburn University from 2012 to 2013. Dr. Duncan began her career as an independent consultant and senior trainer from 2011 to 2013. 

Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Duncan pursued an education at Butler Community College, from which he earned an Associate of Arts in business administration, with honors, in 1982 and an Associate of Arts in early childhood, with honor, in 1983. She continued her academic efforts with a Bachelor of Arts in education, with honors, at Wichita State University in 1985, a Master of Arts in teaching and education at Friends University in 2009, and a Doctor of Philosophy in education, with honors, at Walden University in 2016. Beyond her primary endeavors, Dr. Duncan authored four books, all of which are available on Amazon, including “Tools for Motherhood Devotion and Prayer Journal: Living a Life of Priorities Saturated in Prayer” in 2022, “Tools for Motherhood Resource Guide: 1000+ School Readiness Activities Moms Can Use with Their Young Child 0-5 Years of Age to Build Toward School Success” in 2022, and “You Really Can Make A Difference!: 7 Strategies Moms Can Use To Support School Readiness For Their Young Child” in 2021.

Attributing her success to her steadfast commitment to the mission statement that has delineated the trajectory of her life and career since 1982, Dr. Duncan was proudly presented with a Plaque in recognition of her stellar work as the president of the Friends University Alumni Advisory Board in 2016. In addition to her objectives in the field of education, she is incredibly proud to have welcomed her wonderful son into the world. Looking toward the future, Dr. Duncan aims to remain dedicated to completing five distinct levels of leadership development curriculum for the State of Kansas while expanding upon her “Tools for Motherhood” program to aid young mothers across the nation.

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