Dr. Mary Jane Woodger is a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. Born and raised in American Fork and Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Woodger has always had a great love for teaching. After obtaining a BS in home economics education, Dr. Woodger taught home economics and American history in Salt Lake City, where she received the Vocational Teacher of the Year Award from Jordan School District. In 1992, she completed her MEd at Utah State University. In 1997, she received from Brigham Young University an EdD in educational leadership, with a minor in Church history and doctrine.
In 1998, Dr. Woodger was honored by Kappa Omicron Nu with an Award of Excellence for her dissertation research, entitled "The Educational Ideals of David O. McKay." Since then she has had three books published about the life and teachings of David O. McKay. She has also authored numerous articles on doctrinal, historical, and educational subjects. These articles have appeared in various academic journals, as well as venues for the Latter-day Saint audience including the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Deseret News, and the Religious Educator. She was recently honored with the best article of the year award from the Utah State Historical Society. Her current research interests include twentieth-century Church history, Latter-day Saint women's history, and Church education.
Courses Taught: Teachings of the Living Prophets, Twentieth-Century Church History, Doctrine and Covenants
Areas of Expertise: Twentieth-century Church history, Latter-day Saint women's history, and Church education
Research InterestsTwentieth-Century Church History, Latter-day Saint women's history, and Church education.
Teaching InterestsTeachings of the Living Prophets, Twentieth Century CHurch History
Honors and Awards
- Teaching Award, Brigham Young University Faculty Women's Association (2006 - Present)
- Best Article Award, Utah Historical Quarterly (2005 - Present)
- Alpha Tau Chapter Award of Excellence, Kappa Omicron Nu (1998 - Present)
- Award of Excellence, The Crystal Communicator (1997 - Present)
- Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association Honorable Mention Praiseworthy Award for Gospel Topic:50 Relics of the Restoration , Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association (2021 - 2021)
- The Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication , Brigham Young University Religious Education (2012 - 2013)
- Alice Louise Reynolds Women-in-Scholarship Lecture, Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library (2011 - 2012)
- Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, BYU Religious Studies Center (2012 - 2012)