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Dr. Mary Helen O’Connor

Senior Faculty Associate    

Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition


Dr. Mary Helen O’Connor serves as the Senior Faculty Associate for Perimeter College in the Office of International Initiatives.  In this role, she is responsible for managing the international initiatives portfolio for Perimeter College campuses.  This position provides Perimeter College faculty, staff, and students further access to the programs, partnerships, events, and activities supported by the Office of International Initiatives.  In this role, Dr. O’Connor has dual reporting to the dean and vice provost of Perimeter College and the associate provost for International Initiatives.

In 2016, Dr. O’Connor and Dr. Heval Kelli co-founded MINA, a student mentoring organization supporting refugee and immigrant students pursuing college admission and graduation.

Since 2010, Dr. O’Connor has served as an Assistant Professor with Perimeter College’s Department of English.  She holds a Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition from Georgia State University.  Dr. O’Connor’s teaching and scholarship explores the global migration crisis, refugee education, identity, and agency.