E. Michael Brady is Professor and Coordinator of the Adult & Higher Education Program at the University of Southern Maine. After early wanderings through a Roman Catholic Seminary (B.A. and M.Div. from St. Mary's Seminary and University) and the profession of Social Work (M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut), he earned his Ph.D. in adult education and gerontology - also at UCONN - and has settled happily since 1984 into the life of a teacher and scholar.
Mike teaches graduate courses in the history and philosophy of adult education, action research, facilitating learning, spirituality, and gerontology. He also teaches one undergraduate course each year in USM’s new online certificate in aging studies. He is a founding member of what was known at the time as “Senior College" and which later became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Much of Mike’s research has involved exploring issues related to learners over the age of fifty.
Mike and Nancy Brady have been married since 1980 and have three adult children. Their eldest, Ryan, works in Navy Intelligence and is currently assigned to the National Security Agency in Maryland. Meghan lives and works in Boston and her younger sister Maura lives and works in Austin, Texas. While the entire Brady family roots for the Red Sox, they split their allegiance during the football season with Mike being a lifelong fan of the New York Giants and all other members of his family being enthusiastic supporters of the New England Patriots. For obvious reasons these allegiances caused family friction during the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowls but fortunately time heals even football wounds.
To read more about his background, peruse samples of his writing, and/or tour course syllabi please visit Mike’s personal web site by clicking on the link below the photograph.