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Dean, Language Arts


Aaron Tolbert

Dean, Language Arts

Phone: (408)855-5419
Office Location: SEC 246C
Department: Language Arts


  • Ph.D. Higher Education,
    • University of Maine
  • M.A.,English,
    • University of Vermont
  • B.A., English
    • University of Vermont
  • B.S. Psychology, Chemistry Minor
    • University of Vermont

Research/Teaching Interests

Educational policy, postrstructuralism, policy discourse analysis, developmental education, education philosophy, pedagogy, English Language Learners (ELL), Romanticism, eco-poetics, masculinities, literature and philosophy, cognitive and behavioral psychology, and moral psychology


Allan, E.J., & Tolbert, A.R. (2019). Advancing social justice with policy discourse analysis. In

K. K. Strunk, L.A. Locke (Eds.), Research methods for social justice and equity in education (pp.137-149). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dissertation: Discourses of Developmental Education: Reframing Policy Debates (2017, University of Maine) 

Thesis: Questions of Agency: Wordsworth and Natural Impression (2010, University of Vermont)

Fast Facts

Aaron is a native of upstate New York; he is a hiker, runner, gamer, father, and poet.

Favorite Quote

“The things in civilization we most prize are not of ourselves. They exist by grace of the doings and sufferings of the continuous human community in which we are a link. Ours is the responsibility of conserving, transmitting, rectifying, and examining the heritage of values we have received that those who come after us may receive is more solid and secure, more widely accessible and more generously shared than we have received it.”

-  A Common Faith by John Dewey