Professional Biography

Ann Tiao has dedicated the majority of her adult life to teaching and mentoring others. She is currently the Assistant Dean for Student Services in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn GSE) where she has also taught for almost two decades. In her capacity as the leading advocate in the school for student success, she works to help students achieve academic success, foster student engagement, promote student wellness, and build systems to ensure the long-term support of student needs. As a senior fellow in the Higher Education Division, Dr. Tiao has taught 7 different classes over the course of her career, which are typically aimed at the scholarly-practitioner. Currently, she teaches Diversity in Higher Education, which is the only course required for master’s students in the division, Contemporary Issues in Higher Education, and Building Inclusive Communities, which is a capstone course conceived and developed by Dr. Tiao to put students in a position to apply the theory and skills they have learned in other classes to real world concerns and problems.

In addition to being a full-time administrator and senior fellow, Dr. Tiao also delivers workshops focusing on increasing access, promoting diversity, and building inclusive spaces to organizations in a variety of educational settings. Over the span of her career she has taught hundreds of classes and workshops to thousands of students and professionals typically within the higher education or high-tech setting. More recently she has been working with K-12 independent schools on understanding diversity and developing more inclusive classroom spaces.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Tiao has worked in numerous fields including high tech, engineering, statistics, and higher education, typically focusing on building new teams, programs, or systems utilizing data driven research to foster continuing improvement. Dr. Tiao received a B.A. in Statistics from Kansas State University, an M.S. in Statistics from Texas A & M University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her doctoral dissertation was a qualitative study conducted at two higher education institutions to understand the factors that influence Asian American aspirations for graduate school and faculty positions, especially in the humanities and social sciences, and she received the William E. Arnold Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in a Doctoral Program.

Dr. Tiao’s career started at Intel Corporation working in the largest cleanroom environment in the world at the time. She has received multiple awards for mentoring and service including Professional Mentor of the Year at Rowan University. Her long record of service at the university, community, and national levels includes serving on the executive committee of the James Brister Society at Penn, the KSU College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council to the Dean, and the Board of Trustees at the KSU Foundation.

Education

Ph.D. (Higher Education) University of Pennsylvania

M.S. (Statistics) Texas A&M University

B.A. (Statistics) Kansas State University

Areas of Expertise

Increasing access

Promoting diversity

Building inclusive spaces

Graduate education

Student success

Building systems

Assessment

Selected Publications

Publications

Felder, P., Tiao, A. E., & Louison, P. (2011, December 14). Examining notions of social justice post-doctoral degree completion. Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

 

Invited Talks

Tiao, A. E., & Harvin, I., (2018, March). “Grad students need TLC, too: Models for providing services to graduate students on today’s campuses.” Invited talk, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Tiao, A. E. (2016, September). “Optimizing diversity on team,” Guest lecturer, Coursera course, University of Pennsylvania.

Felder, P., Tiao, A. E., & Louison, P. (2011, March). “Towards more purposeful integration: Practical perspectives on addressing the leaky pipeline in higher education.” Invited talk, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Workshops

Tiao, A. E.  (February 2019). Microaggressions and unconscious bias in higher education. Inaugural speaker for Wharton Intergroup Dialogue & Inclusion Team, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA.

Tiao, A. E.  (January 2019). Microaggressions and unconscious bias in education. Upland Country Day School, Kennett Square, PA, and Tower Hill School SEED group, Wilmington, DE.

Tiao, A. E.  (December 2018). Taking stock and powering on. Invited session with Karlene Burrell-McRae, Dean of Colby College, ADVIS (Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools), Girard College, Philadelphia, PA

Tiao, A. E. (February 2018). Conversations on microaggressions and how to address them. Tower Hill School Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) group, Wilmington, DE.

Tiao, A. E. (January 2018) Gender and unconscious bias in education. Tower Hill School Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) group, Wilmington, DE.

Tiao, A. E. (August 2017). Educational Entrepreneurial M.S.Ed. Program: A two-part workshop on cultural inclusivity. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Tiao, A. E. (May 2016). Microaggressions and unconscious bias in higher education. Penn Student Health Services, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Tiao, A. E. (June 2015). Diversity conversations 2015: A practical approach. PPSA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Tiao, A. E. (March 2015). Responsible conduct in research professional development training. A two-part workshop with full group and student focus group, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Tiao, A. E. (February 2015). PPSA diversity workshop luncheon: Continuing the conversations with Dr. Ann Tiao. PPSA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Tiao, A. E. (November 2014).  Faculty professional development on microaggressions. Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Tiao, A. E. (February 2014). Conversations about diversity. Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA