Dr. Rebecca Frost Davis is the Director for Instructional and Emerging Technology at St. Edward’s University; her work focuses on the intersections of digital pedagogy and liberal education. She is co-editor of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, a curated collection of nearly 600 pedagogical artifacts with introductory essays for 59 keywords relevant to digital pedagogy to be published by the MLA in 2019. Her recent publications focus on how the digital ecosystem affects teaching in learning. These include “Pedagogy and Learning in a Digital Ecosystem” in Jessie Moore and Randy Bass, eds. Understanding Writing Transfer and its Implications for Higher Education, “Redefining Learning Places in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem” in Deric Shannon & Jeffery Galle (Eds.), From the Abstract to the Quotidian: Reflections on Pedagogy and Place, and “A Pedagogy of Openness in the Digital Humanities” (co-authored with Carl Blyth) in Carl Blyth & Joshua Thoms (Eds.), Open Education and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching: The Rise of a New Knowledge Ecology (forthcoming 2019).
In addition to teaching as an adjunct for community colleges in Oregon and California, I currently serve as teaching learning center coordinator, online English faculty mentor, and community-based learning coordinator. I have taught composition and rhetoric at private research institutions, small liberal arts colleges, state universities, and community colleges. In recent years, I have served as co-editor of an accreditation self-study, interim grants officer, and academic department assessment coach. Combining my passions for professional development and social justice, I continue to seek the sweet spot between digital humanities and online community-based learning.
Writing across the lifespan, the craft of teaching, creativity across the disciplines, all poetry, humor, traumatic recovery and post-traumatic growth, promoting empathy and kindness. I am a very experienced teacher across institutions. Call me adjunct or contingent if you must, but I’ve been at this calling for over 30 years. I am also a capable journalist and promotional writer. My degrees are in English and in counseling. I am privileged to write for Inside Higher Ed and local publications.
Mary Ann Tobin, Ph.D., is Assistant Research Professor and Instructional Consultant with Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE), where she shares her expertise on classroom and course assessment techniques, student engagement techniques, outcomes-based course design and curriculum development, inclusive and equitable teaching strategies, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and other instructional matters with faculty throughout the university system. Before joining SITE in December 2016 she served as Triton College’s Director of Teaching and Learning, where she oversaw the college’s Office of Curriculum and Assessment and its Center for Teaching Excellence. There, she worked with faculty and administrators to develop student-centered pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment techniques. She has taught English composition, literature and business writing, in both traditional and online classrooms, since 1994 when she was a Teaching Fellow at Indiana State University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in English Literature. She then taught for Duquesne University, where she earned a doctoral degree. She also taught for the Community College of Allegheny County, DeVry University Online, and Triton College. Beyond her pedagogical interests, her professional interests and scholarship include 19th-century British culture and literature, particularly the life and work of Charles Dickens, marital law and custom, and women’s education. She has presented on these topics at national and regional conferences, and her work on them appears in Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice (McFarland, 2012) and Critical Insights: Great Expectations (Salem Press, 2009). Most recently, she has explored the intersections of Neo-Victorianism and innovative pedagogy as chair of a Dickens Society Sponsored Panel entitled “Neo-Dickens for a New Audience: Reading, Watching, and Teaching Dickens in the 21st Century” at the Northeast Modern Language Association’s 50th Anniversary Conference, in which she presented “A Christmas Carol: The Gift Book We Keep on Giving … And Should Give More Often!”
The humanities in higher education and the public sphere, higher ed policy, the humanities PhD, alt-ac, contingent labor in higher ed. Oh, and Victorian literature.
ProfHacker; Victorian fiction, Dickens, Carlyle, Eliot; digital humanities; psychoanalysis; cyber- and steampunk; graphic narrative; higher education; labor; educational technology
administration, lgbtq issues, Victorian Studies, interdisciplinary studies, higher education theory and practice, graduate education
I’m the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Fisk University, having earned my Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in 2020. As an interdisciplinary scholar of higher education, African American literature, politics, and intellectual history, my research focuses on leadership at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). My work has been featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and I’ve given invited talks at a number of institutions, including Morehouse College and the Virginia Theological Seminary.
I am now a Professor Emeritus, officially retired in May 2015; however, my academic interest continue:
Film studies, narrative studies, 19th and 20th century American literature, interdisciplinary humanities
Professional interests: Accreditation issues, shared governance, assessment and learning outcomes, developments in online course offerings
I have served as Chair of the English Department and as Director of the small Humanities Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I have also served as campus and statewide President of the Inter Faculty Organization, the collective bargaining unit for faculty members teaching in the seven state universities of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) system. I am a continuing Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits higher learning institutions from West Virginia to Arizona. My most recent activities have included participation in certificate programs in online teaching, publication of annotated bibliographies on Orson Welles and on Narrative for Oxford Bibliographies Online (Film), a presentation at the 1st Global Conference on Hollywood & the World, in Sydney Australia, organizing and leading an MLA Convention panel on director Michael Haneke, and book reviews for Film Quarterly, Film Criticism, and other journals.
David Healey teaches Composition as a full-time faculty member in the School of General Education at Kaplan University.