The number of courses offered online grows every year, resulting in an increasing number of higher education faculty entering a virtual classroom for the first time.
Ann Taylor is 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. She has worked in the field of distance education since 1991 and began working for the Dutton Institute in 2002. Her current faculty appointment is as a Teaching Professor. In her role as Assistant Dean for Distance Learning, she has responsibility for guiding the College's strategic vision and planning for online learning and she works with faculty, administrators, stakeholders, and Institute staff to plan and implement online degree and certificate programs tailored to the needs of adult professionals worldwide. Ann Taylor serves on University committees focused on strategic planning, policies, and procedures related to the University's distance learning initiatives and has been a member of the University Faculty Senate since 2007, where she currently serves as the Secretary.