Dr. Marilyn C. Maye
Marilyn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey. Born and reared in Harlem, New York City, she is a graduate of Swarthmore College, with degrees in mathematics and in anthropology-sociology, with a concentration in Black Studies. She earned a masters in teaching from Harvard University Graduate School of Education; a masters in mathematical statistics from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; and a doctorate in education from Teachers College Columbia University.
After teaching mathematics briefly in the public schools of New York City, Dr. Maye taught mathematics in the City University of New York for many years. Later, pursuing an interest in technology, she studied computer science and spent several years in New York City government, eventually as an Assistant Commissioner in the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Leveraging her experience in public sector management, she returned to education and served as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Englewood, New Jersey.
While Marilyn and her husband reared Richard, their only child, she returned to the study of education to find answers to the question, “how should parents and teachers prepare African-American youth for successful adulthood in a stubbornly color-conscious society?” Her research includes the experiences and study practices of students of African descent on predominantly white college campuses, when pursuing mathematics, science, engineering and technology majors.
The editor of Stone of Help: Ebenezer – the First Fifty Years, and co-author of Orita: Rites of passage for youth of African descent in America, she helps young people understand their spiritual heritage and construct their lives on it. Her most recent book is They are Men and Not Gods, exploring the often overlooked role of ancient Egypt in the Bible and the consequences of misappropriated worship of dominant cultures for young people today.