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Annie Taylor, Ph.D.

I have 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, I guide the college’s strategic vision and planning for online learning. I work 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.

I serve on numerous University committees focused on strategic planning, policies, and procedures related to the University’s distance learning initiatives and served as an elected member of the Penn State University Faculty Senate from 2007 to 2023. I regularly work with University colleagues to create resources for faculty teaching online and share my work as a frequent public speaker and published author.  Outside of my professional life, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, feeding my creative needs through various hobbies, running (okay, not so much for fun, but for fitness!), and indulging my organizing passion.

My interests are varied! My professional “purpose” is best described through the philosophy of “Servant Leadership” - helping others develop personally and professionally so they can excel. And in that spirit, I love figuring out ways to help our team feel engaged and fulfilled in their work. I also have a never-ending quest to learn how I can be better in supporting and participating in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where everyone feels welcome. Anyone who knows me will also attest to the fact that I am an organizing fanatic, from my work life to my kitchen cupboards and everything in between!