Ann H. Taylor

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

Office: 420 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building


Photo of Ann H. TaylorAnnie Taylor has worked in the field of distance education since 1991, focusing on learning design and faculty development. As the Assistant Dean for Distance Learning and Director of the Dutton Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Annie guides her college’s strategic vision and planning for online learning. She works with various stakeholders to plan and implement online degree and certificate programs tailored to the needs of working adult professionals, while ensuring support for residential teaching and learning in the college.

Annie serves on numerous University committees focused on strategic planning, policies, and procedures related to the University’s distance learning initiatives, and has been an elected member of the Penn State University Faculty Senate since 2007, serving as its elected Secretary in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. She regularly works with University colleagues to create resources for faculty teaching online and shares her work as a frequent public speaker and published author, including co-authoring the Jossey-Bass text Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices with Dr. Thomas Tobin and Dr. B. Jean Mandernach.

Recent Work

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


  • Taylor, A. Student Engagement Network course, “SEN 101.” Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021.


  • Taylor, A. (2016, September). Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivators that Attract and Retain Part-Time Online Faculty. IRB #STUDY00005653. Dissertation study.


  • Taylor, A. (2020). What do remote adjunct faculty look for in an institution? In Dailey-Hebert, A., Mandernach, B. J., & Donnelli-Sallee, E. (Ed.). Handbook of Research on Inclusive Development for Remote Adjunct Faculty in Higher Education (pp. 71-84). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Tobin, T., Mandernach, J., & Taylor, A. (2015). Evaluating Online Teaching: Adapting and Employing Best Practices. Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • Taylor, A. (October 1, 2020). Strengthening recruitment, performance, and retention through employee engagement. 2020 Leadership in Higher Education Virtual Conference. Event conducted online due to the pandemic.
  • Taylor, A. (August 19, 2020). Best practices for remote learning. Presentation for the teachers in the Canon-McMillan School District, PA. Event conducted online due to the global pandemic.
  • Taylor, A. (July 28, 2020). What does high quality online instruction look like? Presentation for the Pennsylvania IU1 Summer Institute. Event conducted online due to the global pandemic.
  • Sparrow, J., Taylor, A., Keagy, J., and Clements, A. (July 21, 2020). Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads: The Future of Learning Design at Penn State. Panel presentation for the Learning Design Summer Camp, Penn State University. Event conducted online due to the pandemic.
  • Taylor, A. (May 28, 2020). My “Top 5” features of superior online course design and instruction. Presentation to The Reinvention Collaborative (a member-driven, dues-supported national consortium of R1/2 universities, all of which are dedicated to innovation and excellence in undergraduate education), hosted online by Colorado State University.
  • Taylor, A. What’s an Ideal Institutional Revenue Sharing Model for Online Learning? (March 18-20, 2020) UPCEA 2020 Annual Conference. UPCEA: Boston, MA – Accepted presentation, but event canceled due to global pandemic.
  • Taylor, A., Holsing, C., & Mandernach, B. J. (2020, February 7). Only 1/3 of our employees are engaged??! How can I fix that? 2020 Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable. UPCEA: New Orleans, LA.

University Service

  • Senator, University Faculty Senate, 2007 to present
    • Member, Committee on Committees and Rules: 2018-19, 2017-18, and 2016-17
      • Vice-Chair: 2019-20 and 2020-21
  • Member, Organizational Excellence Executive Committee (Chair, Provost Jones), 2020 to present
  • Co-Chair, Organizational Excellence Steering Committee, 2020 to present
  • Member, Commission for Adult Learners, 2019 to present
  • Member, Open and Affordable Educational Resources Working Group of the Transforming Education Strategic Plan Executive Committee, 2017 to present
    • Co-Chair, 2018 to present
  • Member, Student Engagement Network Advising Group, 2016-17 to present
  • Member, Penn State Online Coordinating Council, 2011 to present
  • Member, Penn State Online Faculty Engagement Sub-Committee, 2009 to present
    • Co-chair, Penn State Online Faculty Engagement Sub-Committee, 2017-18 to 2018-19

College Service

  • Member, Executive Council, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, 2011 to present
  • Member, University Faculty Senate College Caucus, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, 2007 to present
  • College of EMS Sexual Harassment Resource Person, 2015 to present

Professional and Community Service

  • Member, Council of Chief Online Learning Officers (C-COLO, formerly the Online Leadership Roundtable), UPCEA, June 2018 to present
    • Co-Chair, Council of Chief Online Learning Officers, 2021-22
  • Chair-elect, Online Administration Network, UPCEA, 2021-22
  • Co-Vice Chair, Annual Conference and Special Events, Online Administration Network, UPCEA, 2021-22
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Instructional Research (JIR), 2016 to present
  • Member, Peer Review Board, Insight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 2015 to present
  • Peer Reviewer, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013 to present
  • On-air Pledge Drive Host, WPSU-FM and WPSU-TV, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008 to present
  • Member, Board of Governors, Centre County Historical Society
  • Member, Patton Township Recreation Advisory Committee, 2002-2012 and 2014 to present
  • Secretary, Graysdale Homeowners’ Association, Patton Township, PA, 2006 to present
  • Volunteer/Coordinator, Dutton Institute’s “Adopt-a-Highway” initiative (Bernel Road), 2019 to present