Mary Walshok, Ph.D. is an author, educator, job creation expert, dean of University Extension and associate vice chancellor for public programs at the University of California San Diego. She is a thought leader and subject matter expert on employability, career reinvention, and the new innovation economy.
As an industrial social scientist studying the dynamics of regional economic growth and transformation, Walshok has been pleasantly surprised by her visits to communities across America that most people rarely think of as pockets of innovation and transformation. Many of these regions take advantage of federal stimulus funds; some are simply organizing at the regional level to re-purpose their existing industrial and commercial capabilities, re-skill their workforce, and restore their previously innovative and entrepreneurial know-how.
Walshok has authored numerous book chapters and articles on the world of work, as well as, Blue Collar Women, and Knowledge Without Boundaries: What America’s Research Universities Can Do for the Economy, the Workplace, and the Community.
She is the author of more than 100 articles and reports on regional innovation, the role of research institutions in regional economies and workforce development including the forthcoming book with Stanford University Press, Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Economy. She is currently leading comparative research projects on regional innovation outcomes funded by NSF and other groups.
As head of the continuing education and public programs arm of UC San Diego for nearly three decades, Walshok oversees programs that educate approximately 56,000 enrollees annually, which translates to more than 26,000 students in over 4,900 courses. Walshok has developed outreach efforts to help accelerate the San Diego region’s economic vitality, assure a globally competitive talent pool and help college graduates transition to employment areas that are in hot growth fields.
During her tenure she has played an active part in helping the University expand its local impact, national reputation and global reach. UC San Diego — one of the ten campuses in the world-renowned University of California system — has rapidly achieved the status as one of the top 50 institutions in the world for higher education and research.