Mary Ann Tobin, PhD

Instructor - Faculty Developer - Speaker

State College, PA


Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Philosophy

Faculty Development 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
MA, English Literature
Indiana State University
BA, English Literature and Classical Civilizations
Duquesne University
ASB, Fashion Merchandising
Duff's Business Institute


"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.

Consulting and Speaking Engagements

  • Developing and implementing strategic planning initiatives, action items, goals and objectives.
  • Creating or streamlining curriculum and assessment processes.
  • Planning and organizing faculty and staff orientations.
  • Planning and organizing conferences, seminars, special events, and fundraisers.
  • 19th-century British prose, particularly the works of Charles Dickens and women writers
  • Women's education
  • 18th- and 19th-century British marital laws and customs