Adult and Higher Education

Michael Brady

Professor Emeritus
Mike Brady

Office Location

400B Bailey Hall


(207) 780-5316

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Connecticut
  • MSW, University of Connecticut
  • BA and MDiv, St. Mary's Seminary and University


E. Michael Brady is Professor Emeritus of Adult & Higher Education. After early wanderings through a Roman Catholic Seminary (BA and MDiv from St. Mary's Seminary and University) and the profession of Social Work (MSW from the University of Connecticut), he earned his PhD in adult education and gerontology - also at UCONN - and in 1984 left his home state of Connecticut and moved with his young family to join the faculty at USM.

During his 37 year career Mike taught graduate courses in the history and philosophy of adult education, action research, facilitating learning, spirituality, and gerontology. He also taught several undergraduate gerontology courses and was a founding faculty member of an online undergraduate certificate in aging studies. A highlight of Mike’s career was another undergraduate course he offered every summer between 1996 - 2011 entitled “Baseball and American Society: A Journey.” This travel-based course explored the relationship between the game of baseball and American culture, was taken by hundreds of USM students, and won a national education award.

Mike was a founding member of what was known at the time as “Senior College" and which later became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). He served as OLLI’s first research fellow. Throughout his career much of Mike’s scholarship involved exploring issues related to learners over the age of fifty. See his curriculum vitae for specific research projects and publications.

Mike and Nancy Brady have been married since 1980 and have three adult children. Their eldest, Ryan, works in Navy Intelligence and is currently living and working in Washington, D.C. Meghan resides in Portland, Oregon and her younger sister Maura lives in Austin, Texas. At the time of this writing Mike and Nancy have two grandchildren. Whereas 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.

Mike lives in Gorham, not far from the USM campus, and welcomes communications from current Adult and Higher Education students and program alumni.