Mary Marcel

  • Associate Professor, Information Design and Corporate Communication
  • Associate Professor, Information Design and Corporate Communication, Bentley University
  • Ph.D. Univ of California-Berkeley
  • Master of Arts University of Virginia
  • Bachelor of Arts University of Virginia

Teaching Interests

Managerial communication; business presentations; crisis communication; intercultural communication; persuasion; business ethics; gender identity and communication; anti-racism; sustainability

Research Interests

Rhetoric; media criticism; psychology of trauma; intercultural communication and diversity; persuasion; psychology and communication; business ethics; visual presentation of information

Consulting/Practice Interests

Gender and media; improving presentation skills; diversity, equity and inclusion, improving managerial communication

Bio

Mary Marcel received her doctorate in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association Eastern Region Present
  • National Communication Association Present
  • Society for Cross Cultural Research 2019 - Present
  • Association for Business Communication 2016 - Present
  • Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society 2012 - Present
  • American Accounting Association 2011 - Present
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2021, Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Research Seminar Grant, Bentley University
  • 2018, Faculty Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2017, Bentley University Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2016, Bentley University Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2015, Bentley University Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2014, Bentley University Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2013, Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Introductory Teaching Award, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • 2013, Bentley University Faculty Summer Grant, Bentley University
  • 2012, Coach of Grad Case Competition Team Finalists, National Black MBA Association
  • 2012, Member, Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society
  • 2011, Coach of Finalist Team, National Black MBA Association Case Competition, NBMBAA
  • 2010, Innovation in Teaching Award, Bentley University
  • 2010, Ernst & Young Foundation Grant, Ernst & Young and Bentley University Accounting Department
  • 2009, Ernst & Young Foundation University Grant, Ernst & Young and Bentley University Accounting Department
  • 2008, Bentley University Summer Grant, Bentley University
  • 2007, Faculty Development Grant, Bentley College
  • 2005, Bentley College Rainbow Pioneer Award, for service to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer and Questioning Communities at Bentley
  • 2005, Davis Foundation Fellowship for Integration of Arts and Sciences and Business
  • 2005, Faculty Development Grant, Bentley College
  • 2004, Center For Arts and Sciences in the Business University Summer Research Grant
  • 2001, Gender Issues Council Research Grant, Bentley College, for research at the Library of Congress
  • 2000, Bentley College Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Diversity Support and Achievement
  • 1998, Faculty Information Technology Curriculum Development Grant with Maureen Goldman, Bentley College
  • 1996, Faculty Training Grant, Bentley College, Integrating Communication Modules into Business Courses
  • 1995, Rauch Grant, Bentley College, for Development of a Presentation Center
  • 1992, Faculty Development Grant, Bentley College, for Training in Intercultural Relations, Lesley College, Cambridge
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Marcel, M. (2020). Law in Stateless Societies: Scapegoats, Curses and Punishers in Greek Literature. Law and Humanities, (forthcoming)
  • Marcel, M., Mahon, N. R. (2019). Competitions vs. Classes: Exploring the Impact of Case Competitions and Communication Coursework on MBA Ranking. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, (82) 1 101-126.
  • Marcel, M. (2019). Communication Apprehension Across the Career Span. International Journal of Business Communication. 36.
  • Marcel, M. (2017). User Feedback: Alumni on Workplace Presenting and Improving Courses. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, (80) 4 484-515.
  • Marcel, M. (2015). What’s the Best Course? Evidence from Alumni on the Value of Business Presentations Preparation. Journal of Education for Business, (90) 1 10-17.
  • Marcel, M., Bianco, C. A., Osterheld, K. K., Levy, E. S., Nixon, M. R. (2014). From Silos to Pipelines: Free Flow of Content Via Course Integration. Advances in Accounting education, (15) 167-200.
  • Marcel, M. (2013). Victim Gender in News Coverage of the Priest Sex Crisis by the Boston Globe. Women's Studies in Communication, (36) 3 288-311.
  • Bianco, C. A., Marcel, M., Levy, E. S., Nixon, M. R., Osterheld, K. K. (2013). The Integration of Accounting and Finance in the Introductory Classroom: Results from Generation Y. Journal of Accounting and Finance, (13) 6 25 pages.
  • Marcel, M. (1994). Tolstoy and Greek: A Speculation about Anna Karenina. Cambridge Quarterly, (Winter 1994) 20-31.

    Books


  • Marcel, M. (2016). Windspark VII GB 212.
  • Marcel, M. (2015). Windspark VII GB 112.
  • Marcel, M. (2014). Windspark 2014. 6 115. Waltham, MA: Bentley University
  • Marcel, M. (2009). Windspark. 51. Waltham, MA: Bentley University
  • Marcel, M. (2005). Freud's Traumatic Memory: Recaliming Seduction Theory and Revisiting Oedipus. 260. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press

  • Book Chapters


  • Marcel, M. (2014). Representing Gender, Race and Realness: The Television World of America’s Next Drag Superstars In James Daems, (Eds.) The Makeup of RuPaul's Drag Race: Essays on the Queen of Reality Shows. 13-30. Jefferson, NC: McFarland
  • Marcel, M., MacKenzie, G. (2009). From Sensationalism to Education: Media Coverage of Murders of Transgender Women of Color in the US In Lisa Cuklanz, Sujata Moorti, (Eds.) . 30. New York: Peter Lang

  • Book Reviews


  • Marcel, M. (2018). [Review of the book Paper Beats Censors: Review of Books Are Weapons: The Polish Opposition Press and the Overthrow of Communism ]. Communication Booknotes Quarterly, (49) 3Abingdon:
  • Marcel, M. (2017). [Review of the book Review of Using Figurative Language ]. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, (36) 2Thousand Oaks, CA: (Link)
  • Marcel, M. (2017). [Review of the book Review of The Discourse of Powerlessness and Repression: Life stories of domestic migrant workers in Hong Kong ]. Journal of Language and Social Psychology/Sage Publishing. 37:3
  • Marcel, M. (1998). [Review of the book Review of David Metzger, The Lost Cause of Rhetoric: The Relation of Rhetoric and Geometry in Aristotle and Lacan ]. Quarterly Journal of Speech, (84) 1

  • Cases


    Bianco, C. A., Levy, E. S., Marcel, M., Osterheld, K. K. (2010). WindsparkBentley University.

    Conference Proceedings


  • Marcel, M. (2018). Improving Presentation Skills Among Working Adults: What Helped Association for Business Communication, (2018 Annual Conference Proceedings 83rd Annual International Conference Association for Business Communication) 2018 15. (Link) Forthcoming.
  • Marcel, M. (2016). Aristotle for MBAs: Adapting Classical Rhetoric to Graduate Business Communication. Bentley University, (81st International Conference) 81 15. (Link)
  • Marcel, M. (2016). Fighting Fear with Frequency: Accounting Majors and Oral Communication Association for Business Communication, (81st Annual International Conference of the Association for Business Communication) 20. (Link)
  • Bianco, C. A.Levy, E. S.Marcel, M.Osterheld, K. K.Nixon, M. R. (2011). From Silos to Pipelines: Free Flow of Content via Course Integration American Accounting Association, (American Accounting Association 2011 Annual Meeting)
  • Marcel, M. (2007). Incommensurable Data, Procrustean Paradigms: Why News of Sexual Abuse of Nuns by Priests Never Made Your Hometown Newspaper , (Alta Conference on Argumentation)

  • Presentations

  • Marcel, M. (2019). “An Approach to Teaching Business Ethics in a Managerial Communication Course” Presented at the Association for Business Communication 84th International Conference of the Association for Business Communication Detroit, MI
  • Marcel, M., Wei, L. (2019). “Effects of Cultural Cohorts on Class Participation Attitudes and Communication Apprehension in Chinese and Domestic US Graduate Business Students” Presented at the Society for Cross-Cultural Research 48th Annual Meeting, Society for Cross-Cultural Research Jacksonville, FL
  • Marcel, M. (2018). “Improving Presentation Skills Among Working Adults: What Helped” Presented at the Association for Business Communication 83rd Annual Conference, Association for Business Communication Miami, FL
  • Marcel, M. (2017). “It’s Not Me, It’s You: Feedback on Presentation Visuals Use by Self and Others” Presented at the82nd Annual Association for Business Communication International Conference Dublin, Ireland
  • Mahon, N. R. (2017). “Making the Case for Case Competitions: An Exploration of the Pervasiveness and Character of Case Competitions in Graduate Level Business Programs” Presented at the82nd Annual Association for Business Communication International Conference Dublin, Ireland
  • Marcel, M. (2017). “Communication Apprehension Across the Career Span” Presented at the108th Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference Boston, MA
  • Marcel, M. (2016). “Does Frequency Decrease Anxiety?: Accounting Majors and Presentations” Presented at the Association for Business Communication 81st Annual Association for Business Communication International Conference Albuquerque, NM
  • Marcel, M. (2016). “Aristotle for MBAs: Adapting Classical Rhetoric to Graduate Business Communication” Presented at the Association for Business Communication 81st Annual Association for Business Communication International Conference Albuquerque, NM
  • Marcel, M. (2016). “Assessing the Experience and the Learning in Case Competitions” Presented at the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University Big Ten Plus Case Competition Columbus, OH
  • Marcel, M. (2014). “Creating Ignorance by the Abuse of Method: The 2004 John Jay Study of Diocesan Reports of Priestly Sexual Abuse” Presented at the National Communication Association National Communication Association Annual Conference Chicago, IL
  • Marcel, M., Osterheld, K. K., Bianco, C. A., Lindblom, C. (2014). “An Integrated Approach to Teaching Introductory Accounting and Finance” Presented at the American Accounting Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting Atlanta, GA
  • Marcel, M., Osterheld, K. K., Bianco, C. A., Lindblom, C. (2014). “Don't Just Take Our Word For It: Getting Presentation Feedback from Accounting Professionals” Presented at the American Accounting Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting Atlanta, GA
  • Marcel, M. (2014). “Why Actively Addressing Academic Honesty Builds Accounting Professionalism” Presented at the American Accounting Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting Atlanta, GA
  • Marcel, M. (2012). ““The Nagging Wife of Athens: The Gender of Socrates.” ” Presented at the Hofstra University Hofstra University Sixth Annual Queer Rhetoric Conference Hempstead, New York
  • Levy, E. S., Bianco, C. A., Marcel, M., Nixon, M. R., Osterheld, K. K. (2012). “Reinventing the Introductory Accounting Courses” Presented at the Academy of Business Research Academy of Business Research Spring Conference 2012 New Orleans, LA
  • Osterheld, K. K., Bianco, C. A., Levy, E. S., Marcel, M. (2012). “The Perils of Publishers’ PowerPoints or How to Make Visuals that really Work” Presented at the American Accounting Association American Accounting Association 2012 Annual Meeting Washington, DC
  • Osterheld, K. K., Marcel, M., Bianco, C. A., Levy, E. S. (2012). “An Integrated Approach to Teaching Introductory Finance and Accounting” Presented at the American Accounting Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting Washtington, DC
  • Osterheld, K. K., Levy, E. S., Bianco, C. A., Marcel, M., Galoozis, E. (2012). “Introducing Freshmen Students in the Accounting/Finance Course to the Library” Presented at the American Accounting Association American Accounting Association 2012 Annual Meeting Washington, DC
  • Marcel, M. (2011). “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines, and May the Best Woman Win: RuPaul's Drag Race and Mainstreaming Cross Gender and Bisexual Lives” Presented at the National Communication Association National Communication Association Annual Conference New Orleans, LA
  • Marcel, M. (2011). “From Centerfold to Sex Abuse Victim: Senator Scott Brown ” Presented at the National Communication Association National Communication Association Annual Conference New Orleans, LA
  • Bianco, C. A., Nixon, M. R., Osterheld, K. K., Marcel, M., Levy, E. S. (2011). “Where Accounting and Finance Meet” Presented at the Financial Education Association Academy of Business Education and the Financial Education Association Orlando, FL
  • Bianco, C. A., Levy, E. S., Marcel, M., Osterheld, K. K., Nixon, M. R. (2011). “From Silos to Pipelines: Free Flow of Content via Course Integration” Presented at the American Accounting Association American Accounting Association 2011 Annual Meeting Denver, CO
  • Bianco, C. A., Levy, E. S., Marcel, M., Osterheld, K. K. (2011). “Accounting for Good Presentations: First Year Introductory Course Sequence” Presented at the American Accounting Association American Accounting Association 2011 Annual Meeting Denver, CO
  • Bianco, C. A., Levy, E. S., Marcel, M., Osterheld, K. K. (2011). “How Well Do Students Retain Course Material? Results From a Diagnostic Quiz.” Presented at the American Accounting Association American Accounting Association 2011 Annual Meeting Denver, CO
  • Marcel, M. (2011). “Sin, Crime or Malady? Decision-Making Among US Catholic Dioceses” Presented at the National Communication Association and American Forensic Association Alta Argumentation Conference Alta, Utah
  • Marcel, M. (2010). “Using Right-Brain Access to Teach Accounting and Finance: The Instructional Narrative” Presented at the NUBS National Undergraduate Business Symposium Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Schnader, A. L., Bianco, C. A., Levy, E. S., Osterheld, K. K., Marcel, M. (2010). “Teaching introductory finance, financial accounting, and managerial accounting to first-year students” Presented at the American Accounting Association Northeast Regional Meeting Burlington, VT
  • Bianco, C. A., Levy, E. S., Osterheld, K. K., Marcel, M. (2010). “Accounting Course and Curricula Innovations at Bentley University” Presented at the AAA American Accounting Association San Francisco, CA
  • Marcel, M. (2010). “Feminist Crossover: Survivors of Priest Abuse and the Use of Feminist Practices in Female and Male Recovery” Presented at the National Communication Association National Conference San Francisco, California
  • Marcel, M. (2009). “Fag Hunt: Comparing West Coast and East Coast Reporting of the Homosexual Pedophile Frame in Catholic Priest Sex Abuse Coverage 1995-2003” Presented at theNational Communication Association Chicago, IL
  • Marcel, M. (2009). “My Father Is A Seahorse: Constructions, Deconstructions and Reconstructions of Gender and Reproduction Among Transgender Men” Presented at theNational Communication Association Chicago, IL
  • Marcel, M. (2009). “Pseudo Love: Pedophilia and Ephebophilia as Corrupt Psychological Terms” Presented at the University of Waterloo, Canada Disorderly Conduct Conference on the DSM Waterloo, Canada
  • Marcel, M. (2008). “From Scapegoat to Citizen: Effects of Transgender Activism on News Coverage of the Murder of F.C. Martinez” Presented at theNational Communication Association San Diego CA
  • Marcel, M. (2008). “Rewriting the Rape Narrative: Reporting on Rape as War Crime in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Darfur” Presented at theNational Communication Association San Diego CA
  • Marcel, M. (2007). “Incommensurable Data, Procrustean Paradigms: Why News of Sexual Abuse of Nuns by Priests Never Made Your Hometown Newspaper” Presented at theAlta Conference on Argumentation Alta, Utah
  • Marcel, M. (2007). “Business, The Public Sphere, and Habermas's sov'yet” Presented at theNational Communication Association Chicago, Illinois
  • Marcel, M. (2007). “Women, Nuns, and Girls: Underreporting of Female Victims of Clergy Sex Abuse” Presented at theNational Communication Association Chicago, Illinois
  • Marcel, M. (2006). “The Asymmetrical Taboo: Father-Daughter Incest and Greek Myth” Presented at theNational Communication Association San Antonio, TX
  • Marcel, M. (2006). “Freud Finds Oedipus” Presented at theNational Communication Association San Antonio, TX
  • Marcel, M. (2006). “Aristotle and Business Rhetoric” Presented at theNational Communication Association San Antonio, TX
  • Marcel, M. (2006). “Freud's Traumatic Memory: Reclaiming the Seduction Theory and Revisiting Oedipus”
  • Marcel, M. (2005). “Conflation of Categories in Press Coverage of the Catholic Priest Crisis” Presented at theNational Communication Association Boston, MA
  • Marcel, M. (2005). “Whistleblowers and Honest Accountants: Ethical Outsiders in the Business Classroom” Presented at theNational Communication Association Conference Boston, MA
  • Marcel, M. (2004). “Theorizing Business Rhetoric” Presented at theEastern Communication Association Conference Boston, MA
  • Marcel, M. (2004). “Building the Inductive Case: News Coverage of the Pedophile Priest Scandal 1983-2003” Presented at theNational Communication Association Conference Chicago, IL
  • Marcel, M. (2004). “Business Practices: Operating in the Public Sphere” Presented at theNational Communication Association Conference Chicago, IL
  • Marcel, M. (2003). “Private Crimes, Technical Insights, Public Consequences: The Transformation of Survivor Claims in the Catholic Priest Sex Scandals” Presented at theNational Communication Association Conference Miami, FL
  • Marcel, M. (2001). “Celebrating the Work of Lisa Cuklanz: Reading Prime Time Representations of Rape” Presented at theEastern Communication Association Conference Portland, ME
  • Marcel, M. (2001). “Scientific Signifying in the Work of Ida B. Wells” Presented at theNational Communication Association Conference Atlanta, GA
  • Marcel, M. (2000). “Defining AIDS in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned from Uganda”
  • Marcel, M. (1999). “Beyond the Enthymeme: Inductive Argument in Ida B. Wells' Anti-Lynching Campaign”
  • Marcel, M. (1999). “The Zapatistas and Cyberspace” Presented at the Central and Southern Communication Associations Central and Southern States Communication Association Conference St. Louis, MO
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Chair for Faculty Search Committee 2021 - 2021
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Task Force 5 New Course Development for Critical Reading and Writing and for Multimodal Communication 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Committee on Communication Intensive Courses 2021 - Present
  • I helped the three founders with several tasks for New Majors in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2020 - Present
  • Mentor (Faculty) for Martin Luther King, Jr Annual Breakfast Committee 2010 - Present
  • Faculty Senate 2019 - 2022
  • Committee Member for Curriculum Implementation Committee 2019 - 2021
  • Member, Editorial Board for Bentley Microfinance Journal 2012 - 2019
  • Mentor (Faculty) for National Black MBA Case Competition Team 2011 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Salary and Benefits Committee 2013 - 2016
  • Committee Member for Academic Standards Committee 2014 - 2015
  • Committee Member for GB 112/212 Development Team 2014 - 2014
  • Committee Member for Committee on Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence 2011 - 2014
  • Coach for Hult International Business Prize case Competition 2013 - 2014
  • Committee Member for GB 112/212 Development Team 2009 - 2013
  • Committee Member for Sexual Assault Task Force 2012 - 2013
  • Coach for College Sports Research Institute Graduate Case Competition 2013 - 2013
  • Mentor (Faculty) for MIT Sloan First Pitch Graduate Case Competition 2012 - 2013
  • Coach for Hult International Business Prize case Competition 2012 - 2013
  • Coach for National Black MBA Minority Case Competition 2012 - 2013
  • Committee Chair for Now End Relationship Violence 2011 - 2012
  • Special Institutional Assignment for Honors Program Review Committee 2011 - 2012
  • Professional Service


  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Management Education 2019 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Language and Social Psychology 2019 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member for Business and Professional Communication Quarterly 2018 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 2013 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member for Women's Studies in Communication 2010 - Present
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for National Communication Association 2011 - 2011