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!”
Zak Jones completed his Honours BA in English, MA in English [In the Field of Creative Writing] at University of Toronto, where he is currently a Ph.D. student studying narratives of defeat in American “epics.”
Early Modern Literature, William Shakespeare, John Webster, John Donne, Renaissance Drama
I am professor of English literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) where I presently serve as Provost (Vice-rector) for the University cultural activities and relations. I was Director of the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies, Head of a BA programme in Modern Languages and Cultures, and of a Master programme in European, American and Postcolonial Literatures, and Rector’s Deputy for Cultural and Literary Activities. My prevalent area of research is the eighteenth-century literature and culture in England, but I’m also interested in contemporary literature, comparative literature and reception studies, and the interaction between literature and cinema. I direct the journal English Literature: Theories, Interpretations, Contexts, and a series, “Collana di Letterature Moderne”, produced at Ca’ Foscari. I co-direct the literary festival Incroci di Civiltà – Crossings of Civilizations, held yearly in Venice, for which I interviewed Jeanette Winterson, V.S. Naipaul, Cees Nooteboom, David Grossman, James Ivory, Ian McEwan, and others.
Eustache Deschamps, medieval lit, rhet/comp
North African and French Canadian literatures, Francophone Studies, women writing, photo-texts, graffiti, trauma fiction, and Middle-Eastern literature and culture.
I teach Russian language, literature, and culture at Williams College, and my research focuses on performance–construed in the broadest possible sense–in Russian culture. I’ve published on topics ranging from early Soviet show trials to the cult of personality surrounding Vladimir Putin.