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Get to Know the Faculty: Dr. Mary Jane Bradley


Mary Jane Bradley became the dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Science last month, and we caught up with her to get to know a bit more about this long-time professor now leading her college.

Mary Jane Todd Bradley

Mary Jane Todd Bradley

Place of birth:
Gibson, Missouri
My husband Frank and I have twins – Jason Bradley and Jessica McCanless.
Why did you choose A-State?
A-State Has a great teacher training program.
What makes a good professor?
Knowledge, caring and the application of content to make it meaningful to students.
What makes for a good student?
A student who is dedicated, prepared for class and has a thirst for knowledge.
What music is playing in your car?
Anything rock.
My favorite motion picture is...
The Notebook.
The television series I must TiVo...
The Voice.
The last book I read for fun was...
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.
My favorite trip was...
Washington D.C.
If I could travel anywhere it would be...
Ireland and Australia.
The best advice I ever received was...
be yourself.
My hobby is...
interacting with my adorable, funny granddaughter, Adalynn.
My passion is...
helping others.
My pro sports team is...
the Cardinals. I grew up in Missouri.
My favorite meal is...
What I like about Jonesboro is...
the friendly atmosphere with several fun activities available.
Cats or dogs?
E-book or hardback?
Beach or mountains?
Dinner or supper?
Supper. I grew up on the farm in rural Missouri where dinner was lunch. Farm families have dinner at noon.
Only my friends know I...
where I met my husband.
My favorite saying is...
If you don’t ever do anything, you will never make a mistake. To err is human.