Dr. Tara Liss-Mariño (she/her) comes to Drexel with 15 years of experience in advising, administrative, and leadership positions, all in support of undergraduate liberal arts students. Most recently she served as the Associate Director of Student Communication in the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she oversaw communication and student engagement initiatives for the college’s 17,000+ students as well as supervised a team of undergraduate advisors. There she also worked as an Associate Director in the Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars living-learning community, a hybrid academic-residential program devoted to undergraduate research, and as a general academic advisor herself. She also has expertise in advising technology, program development and assessment, advisor training and development, and the changing needs of diverse student populations.
Dr. Liss-Mariño earned her PhD in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focused on the intersection of new technologies, neoliberal creative work, and gendered labor. While at Penn she also taught classes on communication and popular culture and served as a Center for Teaching and Learning Graduate Fellow, observing, and providing feedback to graduate student instructors across the University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature and Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Washington University in St. Louis and spent some years working in non-profit administration and project management.
Originally from Voorhees, New Jersey, she is thrilled to be back in Philadelphia. When not at Drexel, you can find her on the hunt for the city’s best coffee shop and bookstore, taking long walks with a good podcast, and spending time with her friends and family.