Ann H. Taylor

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2217 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-9070

Office: 420 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building

Job Description

I am the Assistant Dean for Distance Learning and Director of the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State University. I have worked in the field of distance education since 1991 and began working for the Dutton Institute in 2002. My current faculty appointment is as a Teaching Professor.

Twenty-two years in the field has put me in a front row seat as distance education has gone from correspondence study and "teleclasses" to the implementation of real-time two-way videoconferencing and ultimately the Web. Throughout my career, I have helped higher education faculty design, develop, and deliver countless distance education courses, in subjects ranging from traditional English courses to "construction flagging techniques" to graduate courses in sustainable energy solutions.


In my role as institute director, I am responsible for guiding our College’s strategic vision and planning for online learning. I work with faculty, administrators, stakeholders, and Institute staff to plan and implement online programs that are tailored to the needs of adult professionals worldwide. I serve on University committees focused on strategic planning, policies, and procedures related to the University’s distance learning initiatives and have been an active member of the University Faculty Senate since 2007. While serving as a University administrator, I still like to have a hands-on aspect to my work. I regularly work with University colleagues to create resources for faculty teaching online and shares my work as a frequent public speaker.

Recent Work

(For a complete listing of my publications, please refer to my Curriculum Vitae, linked above.)


  • Taylor, A. Flipping the Classroom with ANGEL. Training session offered each semester via Penn State’s ITS Training Services, January 2013 – present.
  • OL 2000: Effective Online Teaching, an online Penn State World Campus course designed to be a practical guide for instructors who are new to teaching online. Designed and developed the current OL 2000 course and serves as a periodic instructor. 2008 – present.
  • Taylor, A. & Rocco, S. (2014, December 1). Flipping Out Over the Flipped Classroom? ELI Online Seminar. Educause: Washington, DC.
  • Taylor, A. (August 28, 2014). 10 Principles of Effective Online Teaching. Workshop conducted at Campus Technology 2014, Boston, MA.
  • Taylor, A. & Madernach, J. (June 24, July 9, July 22, and July 20, 2014). Evaluating Online Faculty. Four-part webinar conducted on behalf of Academic Impressions, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Commission for Women Mentor, 2013 – 14.
  • Taylor, A., Madernach, J., & Tobin, T. (August 2013). Evaluating Online Faculty. Academic Impressions Workshop, Phoenix, AZ.


  • May, J., Rocco, S., & Taylor, A. Technology familiarity and use by Penn State World Campus students. Study approved 2010, IRB #35210.


  • Tobin, T. J., Mandernach, B. J., & Taylor, A. H. (2015). Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (1 edition). Jossey-Bass.
  • Taylor, A., McQuiggan, C., & Illar, T. Web Learning @ Penn State: The Official Web Presence of the Penn State Online Initiative, Located online at


  • Tobin, T., Mandernach, J., & Taylor, A. (2014, November 4). Teaching Online: Increase Your Impact by Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Online Teaching. Webinar conducted on
    behalf of Wiley Faculty Network. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Tobin, T., Mandernach, J., & Taylor, A. (2014, October 29). Teaching Online: Increase Your Impact by Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Online Teaching. Webinar conducted on
    behalf of Wiley Faculty Network. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Taylor, A. & Garis, J. (2014, October 8). Tracking and Rewarding Student Engagement. Engagement Scholarship Consortium, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Grant, K., Gray, C., Hall, J., Johal, N., & Taylor, A. (2014, September 30). The On-DemandModel for Higher Education. Educause 2014, Orlando, FL.
  • Taylor, A. (2014, September 30). Flipping Out over the Flipped Classroom? Educause 2014, Orlando, FL.
  • Taylor, A. A Tale of Two MOOCs. (2014, April 1). Poster session for the 2014 Coursera Partners Conference, London, England.


  • Senator, Penn State University Faculty Senate, 2007-present
    • Secretary, 2016-17
    • Senate Council Representative, 2013-2016
    • Vice-Chair, Committee on Undergraduate Education, 2014-15 and 2015-16
    • Chair, Committee on Academic Standards, 2014-15 and 2015-16
    • Chair, Committee on Outreach, Penn State University Faculty Senate, 2010-12
  • Member, Learning Innovation Forum Team (LIFT), 2016-present
  • Co-Chair, Special Senate Committee on Engaged Scholarship, 2015
  • Member, Senate Special Committee on Implementation of the General Education Reform, 2015
  • Member, Penn State General Education Planning and Oversight Task Force, 2013-2015
  • Member, Penn State Ad Hoc University-wide Committee on Instructional Intellectual Property, 2011-12
  • Member, Penn State MOOC Strategic Planning Group, 2012-present
  • Member, Penn State Online Coordinating Council, 2011-2016
    • Member, Penn State Online Faculty Engagement Sub-Committee, 2009-2016
  • Member, Penn State e-Education Council, 2005-2014
  • Member, Penn State Faculty Advisory Committee on Academic Computing, 2007-2014
  • Member, Penn State Instructional Technology Planning Committee, 2012-13
  • Member, Penn State e-Learning Strategic Committee, 2009-2012
    • Member, Penn State Pedagogical Advisory Sub-Committee
  • Member, eLearning Magazine Editorial Board, 2013 to present
  • Reviewer, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013-
  • On-air Host, WPSU-FM Pledge Drive, Penn State University, 2008-present
  • Secretary, Graysdale Homeowners’ Association, Patton Township, PA, 2006-present