Mary Ann Tobin, PhD

Faculty Developer - Instructor - Speaker

State College, PA


Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Development Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy

Photo of lilacs by Mary Ann Tobin

About me

I help others to find their way over, around or through perceived barriers to success.

If you're a student attempting to express yourself, a faculty member trying to engage your students, or an administrator or executive looking to cut through red tape, I can help!

I also speak on a number of educational and academic topics, and I organize engaging events where other professionals showcase their talents.

Higher Education Experience - Highlights

Assistant Research Professor & Instructional Consultant
Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
The Pennsylvania State University
December 2016 - present
Director of Teaching and Learning
Triton College
August 2010 - June 2016
Department of English
Triton College
August 2007 - May 2012
School of Leadership and Professional Advancement
Duquesne University
March 2003 - May 2003
Department of English
Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus
July 2001 - May 2002
Department of English
Duquesne University
August 1999 - May 2001


PhD, English Literature
Duquesne University, 2006
MA, English Literature
Indiana State University, 1996
BA, English Literature and Classical Civilizations
Duquesne University, 1992
ASB, Fashion Merchandising
Duff's Business Institute, 1985


"300 Ways to Teach the Epic." Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice. Ed. Lan Dong. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2012.
"From Sham to 'Gentle Christian Man' in Great Expectations." Ed. Eugene Goodheart. Great Expectations. Critical Insights. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2009.
"Dickens, Poe and the International Copyright Battle." The Dickensian 98.2 (2002): 197-205.

Conferences & Events

Dickens, Christmas & Family Ties, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, The Pennsylvania State University, Monday, December 3 - Thursday, December 6, 2018
Guest Speaker
ViewPoints: Great Expectations, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Planning Committee Member
Annual International Dickens Fellowship Conference, July 2014

Planning Committee Member
Annual Illinois Community College Assessment Fair, 2014 - 2016

Consulting and Speaking Topics

Creating or streamlining curriculum and assessment processes
Planning and organizing faculty and staff orientations
Planning and organizing conferences, seminars, special events, and fundraisers
Developing and implementing strategic planning initiatives, action items, goals and objectives
19th-century British cutlure and prose, particularly the works of Charles Dickens